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    Lichten Audio Dregs Recordings

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Review Text According to F.S. Blumm's liner note, Lichten ("Lighten") was both named and conceived in direct opposition to his previous album Ankern or "Anchored." Apparently recorded following the end of a relationship, Lichten is Blumm's most minimalist record to date, with his vocals reduced to their barest essence (and most often entirely absent), and the simple, delicate arrangements focused primarily on his quiet, folk-influenced acoustic guitar. Other musical elements, like the muted trumpet on "Zehn Tage," the ambient Eno piano solo "Verlang," and the backwards tapes that make up the body of "Blank" are recorded with exactly the same close-miked intimacy as Blumm's guitar. Indeed, listening to Lichten is a startling experience at first, especially on headphones or high quality speakers: there is no barrier whatsoever between the instruments and the listener. On the closing "Zwete Bohne," the squeak of the bellows of the accordion playing the main melody line is so prominent that it almost becomes a part of the song's arrangement. Several songs, particularly the opening "Tulpen," are simply lovely in a way that experimentally minded composers like Blumm rarely allow themselves to be, and the overall effect makes this likely his most immediately accessible record. [Lichten was also released in a limited edition of 500 vinyl LPs in individually silk screened and hand-numbered sleeves.] ~ Stewart Mason

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  1. 1. Tulpen (Tulips) - 4:57
  2. 2. Ankern (Anchor) - 3:58
  3. 3. Terrasse (Terrace) - 5:35
  4. 4. Blank (Blank) - 6:12
  5. 5. Ohne Orte (Placeless) - 5:49
  6. 6. Zehn Tage (Ten Days) - 3:47
  7. 7. Erste Bohne (First Bean) - 3:23
  8. 8. Lichten (Lighten) - 4:22
  9. 9. Verlang (Prolong) - 5:32
  10. 10. Zwete Bohne (Second Bean) - 3:43

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