Boomkat Product Review:
Pure, uncomplicated loveliness on this latest LP from bijou imprint Sonic Pieces and their pal F.S. Blumm. There was a time we’d find the easygoing breeziness of this one a little bit hard to bare, but right now it’s ticking a lot of boxes. Basically, if you wanna see the world in pastels and stop the clock on your anxieties for a minute, this one should do the trick.
Blumm is one of those characters that’s been around for what must be a good several decades by this point. Always on the peripheries, as part of Sack & Blumm with Harald Ziegler and as Bobby & Blumm with Ella Blixt, he’s had albums solo and as part of other groups on numerous labels like Staubgold, Tomblab, Morr, Plop - u get the picture, that school of homespun electronic-acoustic miniatures that was for a while kind of a big deal and which ultimately spawned loads of Japanophile labels like Erased Tapes in their early days.
Anyway, all of that is dated as fuck by this point, as would this album be - if it weren’t for a few twists that elevate proceedings into something more nuanced and believable. The windswept Paris-Texan vistas of aufgrund, for instance, or the sad lullaby strums on haltegriff - you’d have to have a heart of stone not to swoon a little bit.
The rest - it all sounds like the sort of music you get on CNN weather slides - and normally we’d leave it at that. Except that at this moment in time, 'In Sight' provides a purity of feeling we just can’t bring ourselves to argue with or resist. Add to that the typically gorgeous hand-sticthced textile packaging from Sonic Pieces and we’re back in Berlin in the early 2000’s, full of hope and open hearts.
Yeah, pure af this one.