We’ve updated our Terms of Use to reflect our new entity name and address. You can review the changes here.
We’ve updated our Terms of Use. You can review the changes here.

Spring Story

by Schmo

supported by
Sam McVicker
Sam McVicker thumbnail
Sam McVicker This is the album you'll listen to most this year. This is masterful, beautiful, and unexpected music. Favorite track: Solomon.
Lost Tribe Sound
Lost Tribe Sound thumbnail
Lost Tribe Sound One of the most feel good slices of electroacoustic rhythm-forward goodness I stumbled upon in 2020, right up there with the new Inventions album. Schmo creates glorious tiny sound worlds within Spring Story, reminiscent of early Fourtet, Directorsound, The Boats, Aaron Martin or Tape. Yet Schmo brushes up against so many wonderfully inviting melodies and moves with such grace from one setting to the next that it really does exude a brilliance all its own. Well done, Mr. Hohnen and Flau!
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $15 USD


  • limited CDr
    Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

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

    Sold Out

Overflow 05:01
Moszár 03:02
Gambit 01:28
Alphabetical 03:26
Pears 02:40
Solomon 05:40
Hajós Utca 02:54
Alma Shuffle 03:17
Over and Out 03:38


Spring Story by Schmo (aka Perth, Australia, composer Harry Hohnen) is a collage of sound. It is faint recollections of street corners, the sound of somewhere vaguely remembered and the sound of nowhere all at once. His work evolves naturally, organically opening like a flower in time-lapse, or like the emotion that flows when you open a dusty brown envelope and see an old family photo. As Hohnen himself puts it, “It's not really a cerebral process. It’s practical work of experimenting and crafting.”

From the warm piano loops of ‘January February’ imprinting their hopeful pre-spring melancholy onto your ears, to the textured woodwinds in the touching ‘Black rook in rainy weather’, the songs of Spring Story are lovingly crafted. It’s a product of arranging samples and “trying to find what feels right” with how the music progresses.

“I enjoy tinkering,” Hohnen says, “Moving sounds around, seeing what fits together.”

There’s family connection in Spring Story, too, with the album artwork part of a series painted by Hohnen’s father, its “colour, clarity and calm” matching the distinct daubs of instrumentation that slot together seamlessly throughout the album. Both the jaunty and mechanical ‘Moszár’ and ghostly ‘Hajós utca’ refer to streets in Budapest neighbourhood where his mother's parents lived before they became refugees during World War II. Even the moniker Schmo itself is a nickname given him by his father.

Overall, Spring Story echoes in the mind like a treasure chest of sound, a display case of curios, a modernist patchwork of memories, all expertly crafted in artfully looping vignettes and graceful sound poems — “something from nothing,” explains Hohnen, “placing one room next to another, hoping to create a space that catches light the right way.”


released September 18, 2020


all rights reserved



FLAU 東京都, Japan

Tokyo based record label

contact / help

Contact FLAU

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Redeem code

Report this album or account

If you like Spring Story, you may also like: