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Artist: F.S. Blumm
Date Released: 2005
Label: Morr Music
Frank Scholtge Blumm is just one man, but surrounding him is a xylophone, vibraphone, glockenspiel, drums, guitars, bass, harmonium, accordion, organetta, melodica and a number of Bontempi-, Yamaha- and Casio-keyboards. Blumm orchestrates his characters into a wordless performance of arrival, departure and of course, endless searching. The most fascinating aspect of Blumm is the subtleness he brings to each instrument, caressing the keyboard, utilizing what he has, instead of pushing it past its limits. Each song on the album is a 3 minute experimentation of harmony and melody, and each song is a chamber pop gem, completely laid back, but evoking all sorts of emotions. The only vocals on the album are on track 12 where Blumm enlists David Grubb, Blumm’s “favorite human singing voice.” This is definitely a good record, maybe not too useful for radio, but perfect for those late nights you catch yourself staring out the window rather than sleeping. Mpardaiolo