A film that twists daydreams into haunting premonitions of unease, but one that you can’t take your eyes from.

Tourbo music: TOURBO071

Adina Friis: piano, vocal; Simon Iten: double bass, e-bass, synth; Andy Schelker: drums, glockenspiel with Patricia Brogli Hilfiker: flute; Nils Fishcer: saxophones, bass clarinet; Sonja Ott: trumpet; Simon Petermann: trombone; Gabriel Miranda Martinez: violin; Christina Moser: violin; Shih-Yu Tang: viola; Anna Jeger: cello; Florian Pittet: backing vocal

Recorded by Florian Pittet

This is my first encounter with the Swiss trio Luumu (although this is their 3rd release). The music blends a plaintive folk singing (both in terms of Friis’ singing style – often drifting into phrasings with distinctly Irish lilt to them – and the lyrical content) with a variety of contexts.

At times the piano has a liquidity of Debussy and at other times the layers of sounds from the instruments create a claustrophobic, nightmarish accompaniment. Linking the songs are the sense of mourning for a friend who passed away prior to the recording. The songs themselves have lyrics which sound elliptical when read aloud but which are sung with hypnotic repetition over an ever-shifting musical backing.

The musical backing intelligently and ingeniously creates a big sound from various combinations of instruments and the narrative quality of the songs themselves make this feel like the score to film. A film that twists daydreams into haunting premonitions of unease, but one that you can’t take your eyes from. In much the same way, the music twists from playful to melancholy to threatening to comforting in ways that are disconcerting but also deeply entertaining.

I’ll certainly be digging out their two previous recordings from 2012 and 2014 and looking forward to listening to their future outings.

Reviewed by Chris Baber