FLIM - OHNE TITLE, 1916
Following the widely acclaimed 'Holiday Diary' (2003) on Plinkity Plonk, we are now proud to release 'Ohne Titel, 1916', the second release by Enrico Wuttke, aka Flim for Plinkity Plonk. It's an album of sadness, as outlined on the cover:
"There are times in life when words cannot account for our losses and we look comfort elsewhere. We may find, outside or deep within ourselves, sounds and images so powerful that they can help us transcend death and despair. How could one attempt to cope with the unspeakable pain of losing a child, through music? To find meaning in the wake of such tragedy, one would have to approach the composition with calrity and simplicity appealing to both the angelic and the inevitable. To avoid being pathetic, one has to find a balance between hope and frustration. The feeling of distress, though dominant, must not stifle the longing for salvation. To make a believable statement on loss and consolation, we must face both the desperate and the serene - zoid."
Flim aka Enrico Wuttke was born in 1971 in Muhlhausen, Germany and has played the piano since the age of 7. He studied fine arts and made his recording debut in 1993 with the release of some private cassettes. In 2002 he recorded highly acclaimed albums ("Given You Nothing" and "Helio") for the Tomlab label.
Mastering of 'Ohne Titel, 1916' was done by Greg Davis, cover design by Christos Lialios. It's the first release in a new Plinkity Plonk design - plastic wallets at last. Strictly limited to 500 copies.
Flim - Ohne Titel, 1916 [Plinkity Plonk - 2006]
Ohne Titel, 1916 is a emotional collection of fragile melodic patterns, played out on basic piano and keyboard with some very slight electronic treatment, there's a real feeling of honest depth and great sorrow. Written after the death of his 8 year old daughter Fanny, it puts across the feeling of emotional numbness and learning to coping with the passing of a loved one.
It's certainly not all morbid or sorrowful, the tracks often capture fondness and wonder of life it's self and of the need and effort to move on. I can't quite put my finger on how he's done it, but flim really seems to have weaved so much depth and power of emotion into each of these delicate sounds works. Leaving the listener captured like a rabbit in headlights, for most of the albums running time. It also feels like if you listen to hard, the tracks may full apart and turn to dust, or loose all it's petals like a once achingly beautiful flower. I guess you'd call it ambient/ modern classical, But genre labelling seems simply pointless and Irrelevant here.Don't think too much or analyse, what's going on here -just let it drift into you.
A Truly impressive and captivating album, which I find myself wanting to return to again and again. It both seems to take you out of your self, but often looks deep inside ones soul as well. Sadly this is only ltd to 500 copies, which seems a crime for such a work, that should be heard by as many people as possible. To find out more and to buy direct go to Flim's website here. 5/5
FLIM - OHNE TITEL, 1916 (CD by Plinkity Plonk)
Flim - Ohne Titel, 1916