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Berlin-based musician, producer and writer F.S.Blumm has announced details of a new album, ‘Torre’, due on LEITER, on April 26. It follows his collaborative album with Nils Frahm, ‘2X1=4’, released in 2021, and his latest solo album, ‘Kiss Dance Kiss’, which came out on his own imprint, Blummrec, in 2022. Informally subtitled “Soothing Sounds For Adults”, the new album was inspired by months spent on the Italian Riviera, where its guitars were recorded “in the gaps of silence between the chiming of the village church’s bells and the barking of dogs”. It features appearances by multiple musicians, among them cellist Anne Müller and clarinettist Michael Thieke, who appear on all thirteen tracks and will join Blumm live as the F.S.Blumm Trio.

Once saluted by Pitchfork for his “damn charming music,” Blumm has been an endlessly inventive member of Germany’s musical underground since his debut release, 1998’s 17-track, 33rpm 7”, ‘Esst Obst!’ (trans: Eat Fruit!). Long known for his prolific collaborative output – which, alongside multiple releases with Frahm, includes recordings with David Grubbs and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry – he’s also earned prestigious awards as a producer of radio dramas. Torre, however, sees him, in a sense, returning to his roots as a classically trained guitarist and enlarging on the style of earlier records – most notably 2006’s ‘Summer Kling’ – by arranging these compositions for what he calls instrumental ‘chamber pop’ or, more romantically, “music for staring into the distance”.

‘Torre’ will be available on limited edition vinyl and on all digital platforms – the new single, ‘Frag’, is out now.