A dance label by 12" and a home-listening electronic label by LP, Cologne's Traum has received more attention for its releases in the former format. This is not because the full-lengths are of a lesser standard. Following the likes of Gustavo Lamas, Philippe Cam, and Process are Andres Bucci (a long-established producer from the Santiago de Chile scene) and Kate Simko (a classically trained pianist and composer from Chicago), who together work as Detalles. With Shapes of Summer, they keep Traum's reputation for consistency intact while coming up with the label's most inviting and melodically rich release. Staying true to the title, the tracks tend to fall into one of two categories. On one end, there are soft tone poems built around Simko's leisurely melodies, where rhythmic elements -- often melodic in their own way -- play more of a background role. On the other end, there are tracks where Bucci's rhythm is key and melody merely accentuates. "Solm" is where the short album crests, utilizing an understated dance foundation that swings like the best Herbert and a wisp of keyboard texture that soothes like the best As One. And it's only one part of a half-hour listen that places you in a hammock on a warm summer afternoon.
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AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman