"If cinematic or meditative music touches you, if you feel tempted by music that asks you to be totally in your attention, in the moment, listen to this.. an album to enjoy every second of it.." 4,5/5 (Written in Music, the Netherlands)
"Laaksum is awash with ambient soundscapes, reminiscent of a post-rock era in which the likes of Mark Hollis and before him a Berlin-era David Bowie and Brian Eno, made their music with little else in other than the music itself..." 4/5 (UK Vibe, United Kingdom)
"Laaksum is not following the modern (music)culture of fast, 'ready to eat' and superficial. This music demands time and peace as then a beautiful listening experience will unfold.." (Katholiek Nieuwsblad, the Netherlands)
"Eine landschaft aus tonen und gefühl zu konstruieren, die eine gefangen halt mit ihrer magischen aura, Gert Boersma ist das perfekt gelungen.. mann muss den komponisten auch ein kompliment machen fur diese atemraubende musik.." (Gezeitenstrom, Germany)
"It's like listening to feelings, pulled straight out of a dream.." (Friesch Dagblad, the Netherlands)
'With a combination of intriguing melodies and dreary calmness SILMUS captures faultless both the beauty and the desolation of a winter's day" (3VOOR12 fryslan, the Netherlands)
"Laaksum, the album, is mostly delicate, warm and peaceful.. it is a welcome and contemplative meditation in our current rather thoughtless and unsettled period in our collective history, an escape.." (Wajobu, USA)
"How music and story can reinforce ach other" (daMusic, Belgium)
"Laaksum is mindfulness for the listener's soul. Nothing less.." 9/10 (Hifi.nl
. the Netherlands)
While walking down the street on no particular day in his hometown Leeuwarden, it was the discovery of a single feather that brought back memories from days of youth and long forgotten scenes from early childhood.
After more than 30 years, the feather triggered gert boersma (SILMUS) to go back to a little place at the IJsselmeer, a closed off inland bay in the southside of Friesland, the North of the Netherlands: Laaksum.
Cold and grey days with nothing but the sound of crows and herons in bare trees, somehow reflected beauty. He remembered his strolls around the old pier, the smell at the waterside and he found himself back collecting feathers of swans and geese.
With the help of befriended musicians jan theodoor borger (piano), minco eggersman (drums) and guy gelem (cello) it took SILMUS three years to finish Laaksum. Call it an ode to this place and memories of youth.
Laaksum invites you to pick up the feather and revisit your own memories. It invites you to be part of this musical journey where you may find yourself on the top of the pier, with the water lapping over the stones, and the geese travelling above your head …