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F.S. Blumm
Zweite Meer
Morr Music

Rating: 4/10 ?

April 18, 2005
F.S. Blumm is probably an intense dude. His latest album, Zweite Meer, is the kind of record that tries to make you contemplate life with just a handful of notes. Why is the sky blue? Why does it snow? Who are we? These are the questions ostensibly tacked by Blumm in Zweite Meer.

Admittedly, the arrangements are lovely. The gentle xylophone tings on "Wass" played forward and in reverse, the low brass instrumentation of "Blick" and the buzzing hum of "Oberer" all speak of Blumm's delicacy with every note, as if each sound was a world of its own. Such intimacy with sound can be appreciated by musicologists, but what about the rest of us shlubs? As pretty as one note can be, I prefer to hear several. Preferably all at one time.

I don't think Blumm is being pretentious, I think he is connecting with music on another plane than most. Kudos to him for being able to see the perfection in a C sharp, but I need a little more to go on - I can't see the man behind the music. There is plenty of wonderful minimal electronic music out there, and part of what makes it good is that there is a hint of the personal, be it a propensity to include the sound of rain against a window or a track devoted to Italian vowel sounds.

Zweite Meer falls short because it is too mechanical. Blumm should step out of the acoustically perfect studio and take a walk down a busy street, listening to bits of conversation and the sound of traffic starting and stopping if he wants to stimulate deep thoughts about life.

The album is entirely instrumental except for the last track, on which we hear Frank Schültge Blumm sing along to his icy composition "Nachhall/Chroma Key." It is reassuring that Blumm is a person and not an unfeeling algorithm, but the effect of the vocals on the last track only pushes the foreignness quotient over the top. Zweite Meer could have benefited from more vocals or none at all, but the decision to throw them in at the end seems to be a hurried attempt at emotion, one that is not at all believable.

Reviewed by Andy Brown
A regular contributor to LAS, Andy Brown lives in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, but doesn\'t think he has an accent.

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