Vlimmer – Pulmo (EP – Blackjack Illuminist Records)

By Jul 20,2020

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Genre/Influences: Dark-wave, post-punk, cold-wave, wave-pop.

Format: Digital, CDR, Cassette.

Background/Info: Alexander Donat has released an impressive number of EP’s over the past 5-6 years. Most titles of the EP’s are simply numbered, but from time to time he also gives a full title like this “Pulmo”-EP.

Content: “Pulmo” maybe sounds like one of the darkest productions by Vlimmer. The 80s inspiration appears to be the common thread between all releases of this project. So it feels a bit like a voyage through the past, awakening somewhere in the 80s, but still featuring a more personal touch on top. There also is some bombast running through the work although most of the songs are rather slow. The vocals are still mainly sung in Alexander’s Mother tongue.

+ + + : I’ve always enjoyed the 80s inspiration running through Vlimmer’s work and it’s not that different now. But I like the way the artist transposes this 80s aspect into something of his own. It creates a contemporary version of cold-wave music. There also is a great match between the guitar playing and the electronic sound arrangements.

– – – : I’m less convinced by the softer passages of the album.

Conclusion: Vlimmer stands for cool music appealing for 80s lovers; I can’t say that there are potential hits at this work, but still no tracks to throw away.

Best songs: “Phantompflug”, “Sonnenspeer”.

Rate: (7).




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