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about

Comparisons between musicians and painters don't usually work. But biographical parallels are not unusual. And just as some paintings place their creators in a particular period in their creative lives, there are also musicians who can look back on distinct creative phases. F.S.Blumm is one such musician.

Now F.S.Blumm is entering a new phase of his creativity which one could call his nonchalant phase. Although the first few bars of his new album do sound like an echo of the deep seriousness in his studio albums with Nils Frahm. Besides a few guitar chords and the suggestion of a xylophone in the background there is nothing but the wide spaces between them. Fine almost random sounding noises are remotely reminiscent of the era of his experimental instrumental concerts with classical guitar. Then the voice comes into play and everything changes. Laid back F.S.Blumm sings with a combination of urgency and relaxation. His voice sounds like he's standing right beside the listener, singing straight into your ear. At the same time its unobtrusive. The piece sounds touching and intimate. This is the way how „Handle Bar“ the opening track on his new album „Welcome“ is delivered.

If an artist as experienced and multifaceted as this calls his new album „Welcome“ that really says something. Many years ago the composer and instrumental musician F.S.Blumm was already active as a songwriter. He wrote songs for three duos in which he played with various singers: Bobby And Blumm with Bobby Baby, Old Splendifolia with Jana Plewa and finally Jonsson Gille & Blumm. Now for the first time since he started making music, he is singing his own songs himself. Which is like a journey back to his roots – back to his childhood bedroom with a songbook and his first guitar. With „Sounds of Silence“ and „Sister Ray“ day in day out.

With every song on „Welcome“ new doors of association are opened. The second track „New Day“ uses reverb laden drums and hymical harmonies to great effect. But F.S.Blumm always manages to make the grandiose still sound grounded. Rather than spreading himself too thin, he prefers to explore the depths.
There we find the relaxed and erotically crackling „Going Away“, the optimistic „Initial Spark“ and the casual „Overweight“. Blumm is ever traversing the field between greatness and modesty, sophisticated melodies and recordings which are like the extremely condensed sound of a cassette recorder. This aesthetic permeates the entire album.

With „Welcome“ F.S.Blumm has perfected the imperfect. Where other producers filter out the noise, pops and crackles, Blumm does the exact opposite. He reverses the roles of desired and undesirable sound.
What remains are songs like sculptures left in the wake of acoustic tracks.

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credits

released November 10, 2017

all songs by FRANK SCHÜLTGE BLUMM (Berlin 2017)

backing vocals by:

CHRISTOPHER REITMAIER (From Sentiments To Sediments)

ELLA BLIXT (Beauty's My Summary / Initial Spark / Going Away)

GUIDO MÖBIUS (Overweight / Initial Spark) 

MADELEINE JONSSON GILLE (Everything Burns)

MICHAŁ BIELA (Don't Understand / New Day)

drums by:

MANUEL CHITTKA (Beside) 

SVEN KACIREK (New Day / From Sentiments To Sediments / Going Away / Beauty's My Summary)


marimba by:

SVEN KACIREK (Handle Bar / Overweight)

Everything Burns and Beside were originally released digitally under the name of Jonsson Gille & Blumm

Front-Cover-Artwork by Ansgar Wilken

Design by Anne Fehse

Mastering by Mike Grinser at Manmade Mastering, Berlin

Published by Autopilot Music Publishing

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Track Name: Handle Bar
you need a handle bar 

to dump your mania

to get it physical

and then disposable..



don't have no idée fixe 

deadlock relationships

you need a handle bar

to dump your mania



attach it anywhere

attach it to bad air

now trash your love affair

truth or dare



you need a handle bar 

to dump your mania

to get it physical 
and then disposable
Track Name: New Day
sun wave away the night 

spring day bring back the light 

return the feast 

expel the beast 

let fall and re-ignite 



scare off all fears and frights 

let‘s drive into the bright

get on your feet 

get what you need 

let‘s fly off into the bright



scare off all fears and frights

let‘s drive out of the night

get out of bed

rid of your lead

go pack your things

i‘ll get your wings

let‘s fly off into the bright
Track Name: Hedgehog
i'm a hedgehog

i don't talk

find me in a crowd 

people come out loud

i just roll into a ball 

roll into a ball that's all 



i'm a whale

at times i fail

find me at the beach 

sadly didn't reach

my prey, i fail and cannot be 

can't roll back into the sea

into the sea



aren't we human 

pack animals?

i think you and me 

get further as a 'we' 

hatch out buddy leave the nest

learn to fly and meet the rest ..

Track Name: Beauty's My Summary
i sing and inch my way

a giant leap for me

you call it vanity

beauty's my summary



outside the word

what does exist?

ideas, ideals

ideas, ideals

first bones remain

then stones remain

on mankinds beastly way



longing for beauty make us kind

one touch invent mankind

longing for beauty in our mind

one hug and we keep up



i sing and inch my way 

a giant leap for me..



longing for beauty make us kind..

one kiss away from the abyss

longing for beauty in our mind

one hug and we keep up

keep up!

Track Name: Going Away
it's easier going away than to stay

much easier going away 

and there'll be mountains between you and me

canyons and rivers and the sea

and partially i'll take you home with me

and partially i will stay next to thee

next to thee

it's easier going away than to stay

much easier going away
Track Name: Secret Stash
they steal the blue
they steal the green
they rob my view and
they rob my scene
it's catching up
it's closing in
the walls come closing in

they build a canyon in my hood
and leave no air to breathe

they're piling boxes and don't keep 

no space where we unfold



we need a niche 

a place to keep

to bring our secrets

hide our dreams

develop doubts 

uncertainty

and carve a little time 



the uncontrollable we need 

and inefficiency

out of the blue

into the blue

and carve a little time 

carve out a little time



a nonplace

a waste land

a shot in the dark

a hideout 

a vague spot

a float to embark 

Track Name: Initial Spark
verses in four-four diffusing through the ceiling

landing on the floor of my nursery 



cardboard drum set in the basement

felt tip pen for life design

draw up style with coloured marker

broom stick guitar pave my way 



and the river ran before we sang this song

the river ran before we sang 

and in the end it will go on 



memories of sound, initial spark appealing 

generate a cloud, a cloud of sound till now 



back then, back then, your friends went out 

your friends went out to the brook to play

but till today from far away

i still can hear the brook in your playin'



and the river ran before we sang this song

the river ran before we sang 

and in the end it will go on

the river ran before we sang 

and when we end it will go on
Track Name: Everything Burns
everything burns 

everything burns

you're building up

building things up 

while everything burns



you're putting things up

crumble and crush

you're burning inside

burn and rise up

cause flames take and give

everything burn

s

everything ends everything ends

but you're starting again

again and again
Track Name: Don't Understand
life is a game of bliss and dirt

let's go for broke, let's bet our shirt

life is a game declare the rules

a gambling game, we call the tune



one guy is selling hope by generating fears 

one guy has money work for him, but how can money work?

picking other peoples excess, gambling other peoples dreams 

don't understand, don't understand, don't understand a lot of things 



life is a game of bliss and dirt..



one guy collecting bottles, one guy collecting interest

why does the one who's working harder earn less money than the other? 

polish other peoples silver, gambling other peoples dreams 

don't understand, don't understand, don't understand a lot of things 



life is a game of bliss and dirt ..

Track Name: From Sentiments To Sediments
placed in a vase - trying to root 

stuck on a plate - needless to shoot 

breaking the walls - sending out calls 

you need a hand - you need a friend



show me ways to grow - ways i do not know 

take me out of here - wrapped in doubt and fear 

got no means to go - find no sense to grow



from sentiments to sediments

sentiments to sediments



too many people - looking at you 

no place to run to - in public view

framed in a camera - caged in a frame

those greedy eyes - measure your fame
 


beautiful flower - i brake the vase

now i see how ya - temptet your fate
is
this your last wish? your dying wish?

needed a hand - needed a friend



from sentiments to sediments

you need a friend
Track Name: Overweight
i want to dump a part of me 

get rid of me, get rid of me 

before that part wants to dump me 

create a space for .. i don't know 

welcome the strange and let it go
 


get rid of me, get rid of me

i'm wrecking idle parts of me..



at times the only way to be 

is breaking up with your old me 



get rid of me get rid of me

i'm wrecking idle parts of me..



i don't need that shade of me 

don't need the overweight of me

i give myself the go-by 

my gloomy self the go-by ..



get rid of me, get rid of me ..
Track Name: Your Egos
don't run rings around yourself

don't defame your past-time creed

don't be blasé to your future me

you were and are and you will be



three souls are lurking in your breast

one day they shall encounter 

an old bull, a bullock, a newborn will meet



your egos shall encounter 

beware of what you feed them

you're not yet wet behind the ears

now you stay true to your ideals

stay true to your ideals



you're yesterday, today, tomorrow

you were and are and you will be

devoted to yourself you stand 

devoted to yourself you fall

don't be holier than a choir 

hear your egos clash 



your egos shall encounter

one day they shall encounter

you're not yet wet behind the ears 

now you stay true to your ideals

stay true to your ideals



stick to your love line 

go for your grit

go where your hunch goes

stick to that bit 



don't run rings around yourself ..
Track Name: Beside
i don't like what everybody likes 

nobody likes what i like

i like those things that nobody likes 

and stay beside the point


people go where other people go

i'm living in oblivion 

and ending up in nowhere

i stay beside the point


i get lost in details

i like minor matters 

the things i do don't matter

i like little things
silent, fragile, overlooked 

i come and pick it up

i lift it up against the sky 

and tell you that's the point

that's the point..



i get lost in details

i like minor matters

the things i do .. matter

i like little things

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