Swaying Boldly Afar
Old Splendifolia is an adventurous folk project by two talented German artists, Frank Schultge (F.S. Blumm), in charge of sound production, and Jana Plewa (The Kat Cosm) on vocals. Together, they produce heavenly, pleasant folk music, as natural and pure as they can get. All of the sounds including acoustic guitars, cello, bass-clarinet, French horn, drums and vocals are laid out very thoughtfully, showing how minimal production can enhance the quality of the songwriting. "Old Splendifolia" also refers to the first plant on earth, which releases special sounds and thoughts that these two artists have transcribed through their music. A finicky job indeed. The two artists both had a vision of Old Splendifolia, at first swaying softly, then more boldly to the sounds of its old-growth site. Jana Plewa finally hummed and sang out loud. Blumm's sounds and tones all immediately blended together, becoming inseparable, and Plewa gave shape to words that have an almost identical phonetic contour as the sketched sound-patterns. These tales tell of the adventures and observations during the search for the primeval Chief Leaf. Jana Plewa's vocals recall the home-grown scratchiness of Joanna Newsom, and, matched with random effects, plinked stringed instruments, and humming toy organs, evoke the child-like simplicity of Cocorosie, but with more structure and more tangible, sunshiney appeal.