Boomkat Product Review:
There's something vaguely menacing about "Sack & Blumm Returns" as an album title, but this album is anything but ominous. Filled with sketches, interludes and playful electronics, this latest outing from long-term cohorts F.S. Blumm and Harald 'Sack' Ziegler exudes a certain amount of spontaneity and fun - perhaps due in part to the fact that this album was constructed with the two collaborators sat side-by-side, a technique far-removed from the long distance exchange of 2003's Kind Kind, which involved a back and forth of "musical letters". You get the impression that Returns could be enjoyed just as much if the tracks were all shuffled up, such is the erratic, ADD-afflicted tone of the sequencing. Twelve-second electronic doodles jostle with melancholic, jazzy compositions for your attention, and the duo throw the full breadth of their creative energies into the mix: you'll hear miniaturised gems like 'Master Nosepass' in one instance (combining sorrowful horns, banjo and vinyl crackle) only for the next moment to bring programmed drums and thoughtful acousto-electric dialogues to the forefront ('Pikachu Backhand'). This is an album that adventurously blends folk, electronica, jazz all together in an unruly whirlpool of ideas, sometimes producing results that'll make you chuckle ('Bio Shock Superfrog') while at others tapping into something sincerely moving and poignant ('Ho Oh Belgium'). Lovely.