Boomkat Product Review:
Frank Schultge's F.S. Blumm project has been one of Morr Music's most enduring and reliable acquisitions, ploughing a unique musical furrow since the debut full-length Mondkuchen appeared in 2001. While Blumm has since flirted with other notable imprints - Staubgold, Tomlab, Plop and Ahornfelder, if we're naming names - he keeps on returning to Morr. And this time he's brought a friend. Swedish vocalist Ellinor Blixt is a member of the band 'It's A Musical!' in addition to being a solo artist in her own right as Bobby Baby. For this new collaboration the two performers have penned a selection of off-centre pop confections for your indulgence, all based around Blumm's deeply resonant guitar strums and Bobby's silky vocals. All is not quite as it seems however, and this isn't your usual by-the-book ballad fodder: listen beyond that beguiling voice and you'll hear some head-scratching, occasionally baffling lyrics to keep you intrigued, while Blumm's quietly complex arrangements offer up a far greater level of detail than you might initially think. Beneath that sparkling, pristine guitar tone myriad sonic details lie waiting to be discovered, from organs and music box tones to the rustle of greaseproof paper and most bizarrely, the jostle of coat hangers swinging to and fro on the night train to Krakow. Far from being just some arbitrary weirdness lurking in the corners of the mix, these sorts of sounds are left to bask in the foreground alongside the more conventional instruments, constituting a major part of the beautiful musical language this album speaks. There aren't too many legitimate ports of call for comparison, although at time you'll think you're listening to an electroacoustically geared Susanna & The Magical Orchestra, where the lynchpin of Morten Qvenild's vintage synths have been replaced by six flatwound guitar strings. Fans of the Rune Grammofon duo are sure to fall for this album, a collection of delicately crafted songs, recorded in the most meticulously intimate fashion. As with Masha Qrella's 'Unsolved Remained', Morr have served up another one of those quirky pop albums that initially seems very simple, but somehow very special too. Highly Recommended.