Blumen – Mångata

Artist: Blumen
Title: Mångata
Keywords: experimental jazz mathrock piano progressive rockrock Baton Rouge
Reviewer: Malle Eppie

When I noticed this Blumen in the requests list of ‘write some things about my album’ thingy, I instantly thought of this:

…but of course this wasn’t 100blumen, but ‘blumen’ still it is one of my favorite music videos around, so there is always a good excuse to embed it in somewhere if there is a opportunity for it. But let’s forget 100blumen and Just try out this release by the actual ‘Blumen’; it’s pretty different!

This starts with a piano moment named ‘dawning’, this might be information that you could find out by yourself, still i feel privileged to write it down as it makes this ‘review’ more official and professional. How ‘Dawning’ sounds is also something you could discover without me writing how it sounds like, but hell, let’s give it a go: a bright dawning piano sparkle and a final bit of modernity at the end. Cheerio to that!

After the ‘Dawning’ there is this track named ‘Murk’. I have no idea what Murk means but as the autocorrect dictionary thingy isn’t going mental when ‘murk’ is written down, it’s fair to assume that Murk is an actual thing, name or word. I like to think that it’s a fitting name for a alien,one that lives in a sitcom and has a relationship with a human from earth… Mork and Mindy. But how does Murk (the track, not the alien) sound like… oh, I have no idea how to describe it; it’s a nice mingling ratatouille that feels like it has elements of different things in there; a bit of rock, jazz, soul, mathematical actions and probably more… how does it make me feel? A bit all over the place, like a chilled out monkey that is experiencing music that is undefinable & yet clearly seems to know what it is doing. Also the next track named ‘Ossycles’ is giving me a similar feeling, although it is more sparkly and active; it gives me a vision of it being the perfect energetic lounge music for some kind of crime scene investigation drama series. I would watch it with the screen turned to black and the volume up, just to hear the music…

‘A favorable wind’ is also nice and pretty short, probably great to be played in radio sets, nicely squeezed into the program for an nice musical intermezzo. But for people who are into longer music moments with a heavy rocking experimental synth solo, it’s really recommended to try out a listening session to a work named ‘Squall’. Even if you aren’t into epic solos, there is a lovely piano-esque epicenter in there that might tickle your fancy, it’s more concrete but not like a brick or a stone; something direct and lightweight to chill out the rocking-out moment within the Squall.

All the way at the end there is ‘Home’. It isn’t exactly sounding like my home, but maybe it’s the home of ‘Blumen’. It’s as if there are a couple of wordless songs in one, all working together to become one. Like a Spice Girls lyric but completely different. It has some intensive strings, piano riddles and swinging rockers of drums. It is making me feel like a Irish leg dancer that has had fallen in love with math rock music executed without the rock guitars and rattled rawness; it’s pretty tight and melodic; I think it would sound nice in combination with the activity of riding a horse.
Here is a link, have fun clicking it if you are in the mood for it:
https://blumenmusic.bandcamp.com/album/m-ngata

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