Boomkat Product Review:
Following last year's self-titled debut, Jens Massel (Senking / Kandis) returns with this incredibly good new Fumble 5-tracker. With a progression in sound that seems to have jumped several leagues into something entirely fresh, 'Milo' is a truly indespensible release from a man that seems to rise in stature on all 3-fronts of his artistic development. If Senking focuses on the microscopic reduction of sound to looped depth, and Kandis delves into percussive restraint, fumble emphasises its beauty on a rising melodic thread that uplifts the tone of the percussive undercurrent. Opening track 'Chip' deploys finely-tuned rhythms overlayed with the kind of gently evolving melody lines that make you smile to the point of muscle-strain...so much with so little. 'Terrain' evolves the percussive pattern into something fuller - a real head nodding tune that could almost find itself admired by you B-Boys out there were it to be played at +8. 'Catch' opens the flip with a tabla based percussive shaker that echoes with the refrain of the surrounding melody that rings through with echoes of Stewart Copeland's fantastic soundtrack to 'Rumblefish'. The real treat, however, is saved to last with EP closer 'Passing' - a truly sublime soundtrack to sunshine in the park with no obligations.....distant clarinets overlaying themselves onto slow dropping keys. So lovely.....this is a flawless EP from a man who is a true master of understatement and beauty. Highly Recommended.