Laaksum

by SILMUS

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    Comes in mat cardboard triptych digifile - photos by gert boersma and artwork by daniel thomassen

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    This edition consists a handmade cardboard box with a (real) feather in front. The feather has been collected by myself behind the dike at Laaksum. The box includes a cd with a booklet with photos and illustrations of Laaksum.

    Each version is very unique as it's cut, glued, taped and assembled by myself. Copies are hand numbered. Only 35 copies available.

    Design by Daniel Thomassen.

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Vinyl edition of Laaksum printed on extra mat paper

    Includes unlimited streaming of Laaksum via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    edition of 100 

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  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 3 SILMUS releases available on Bandcamp and save 25%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Laaksum, OSTARA, and shelter. , and , .

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"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 …

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released February 15, 2019

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SILMUS Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

SILMUS is a one-man band from Friesland, north of the Netherlands, creating melancholic soundscape music.

New album Laaksum -with Minco Eggersman (UNIFONY, ME, at the close of every day), Jan Theodoor Borger (UNIFONY, Mensenkinderen) and Israelin cellist Guy Gelem- is released on 15 february 2019 by Volkoren, The Netherlands.
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