Boomkat Product Review:
Old Splendifolia is the folk-pop collaborative project of Morr Music stalwart F.S. Blumm and Jana Plewa, both natives of good old Deutschland, but fortunately speaking the international language of... English, on these fine and splendid folk compositions. Blumm handles the production and makes his instrumental presence felt (even roping in a few pals, including his Sack Und Blumm cohort, Harald 'Sack' Ziegler) while Plewa sings sweetly, albeit through a network of quirky mannerisms. Far from being a customary, pared down acoustic affair, Swaying Boldly Afar is expansive in its arrangements, transcending its folksy blueprint on interludes like the lovely, and rather elegiac 'End Mid', then weaving subtle, clockwork drum loops into the mix on 'Contch'. There's a bit of a Joanna Newsom feel to 'Arone Roseneck', and that goes deeper than the kook-fest vocals of Ms. Plewa; the fingerpicked guitar is fulsome and warm as if it were a harp, and gently rising orchestrations swell eloquently in the background. Very nice indeed.