Ummagma is a mixture of nature-inspired ambience and electronic beats. With Canadian and Ukrainian backgrounds, this duo consists of Alexx Kretov (composition, instruments, arrangement, recording, vocals) and Shauna McLarnon (vocals, composition, lyrics). Some bands start out small, releasing singles and EPs. Ummagma makes their debut with twin albums, one self-titled and the other named ‘Antigravity.’ That’s a two-dozen song debut! This review will cover the self-titled album.
Together for a decade now, Silversun Pickups are best known for
*swelling shoegaze atmospheres – “Lazy Eye”
*explosive rock — “Well Thought out Twinkles”
*groovy fuzz guitar – “Come Back Kid”, and what Girl on Guy host Aisha Tyler called *ferocious dreampop – “Panic Switch”
‘Neck of the Woods’ takes on a new direction all together.
Although Aubert stated in a recent KROQ interview that this album sounds to him “like a horror movie,” the dark vibes are not as obvious as on SSPU’s December 2011 EP, ‘Seasick.’ Rather, Aubert’s subsequent description of the album was more accurate: “It sounds like a desire to want to get in but you can’t. Or a desire to want to pull out something from the center into your fringe.”
Life’s journey is best when made with someone whom you trust, a person you can learn from and hopefully teach occasionally. Elika fuses fuzzed-out textures and geometric electronics while forging a pathway through Love, Tragedy, and Defeat.
The Brooklyn duo, Evagelia Maravelias and Brian Wenckenbach, have been recording and releasing music since 2006, the most recent being ‘Snuggle Bunnies.’ Featuring soothing vocals mingled with washes of distant, dreamy synths and guitars, Elika’s March 2012 release (Saint Marie Records) is titled ‘Always the Light.’
Soft vocals whisper against jolts of revving guitars, like a thug speaking low and deliberate commands to surrender or else. This is Le Recourder Larouge, the musical project of Rei Soto, which deals with the fringe emotions that frequently pose as love. Possessiveness. Greed. Lust. The passion of these pathos-laden emotions is enhanced with a mixture of hardrock pounding, industrial darkness, and dreamscape atmostpheres. A series of four EPs are planned, with two already released, titled simply “L” and “E.” Rei Soto spoke with Resonance about the creative process of a DIY musician, depressing prom music, and lyrical inspiration provided by horror films.
Sleigh bells ring, lights shine in the windows, and Santa laughter sounds through the night air. It’s the season when even the hardest rocking Grinch grows his heart a couple extra sizes and embraces all things cutesy cuddly. It’s time for ‘Itsy Bits & Bubbles’ from Twink.
This purely instrumental, incredibly fun sound is put together by musical mad scientist Mike Langlie, who was charmed by the off-kilter tones of a thrift store toy piano. Twink has produced five prior albums, combining toy instruments with hyperactive rhythm machines, broken music boxes, and circuit-bent electronic gizmos. Also included are kitchen drawer percussion, and the bleeps and blurps of 8-bit videogames. Strong melodies, bouncy beats and surprising arrangements make Twink a favorite for use on networks like MTV, Nickelodeon, and Comedy Central. Continue reading
There are times when you experience art that is so incredibly different, you have to ask yourself, Is this genius or madness? The Los Angeles based music artist Nostalghia pours herself out through her songs, leaving her audience in awe. Her style features raw lyrics with stark piano/vocals combos. And when she isn’t exposing her cardiac scars, she’s thrashing at yours, thrusting her shouts against buzzing club beats. Following the 2010 album, ‘I Am Robot, Hear Me Glitch’, Nostalghia presents the ‘Cool for Chaos’ EP, due December 3rd just as the frenzied holiday preparations swing into full force.
There’s a moment in the dim light of dawn when we first open our eyes and remind ourselves who we are, where we left off yesterday and what we have planned for the hours ahead. This is the moment captured by Voletta in their second EP, ‘Soft Focus’ released October 20. This two piece band from Philadelphia mixes fuzzy industrial vibes with floaty shoegaze soundscapes.
Originally formed in 2004, Voletta is comprised of Joe Sheairs (guitar, vocals, bass) and Andre Comfort (drum kit, drum machines, synth) who have been playing together since 2009. Continue reading
Dark and spacey, Stellarscope is set to release a self titled album November 25, 2011. Influenced by such bands as My Bloody Valentine, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, and Jesus and Mary Chain, Stellarscope creates textured soundscapes grounded with intense vocal conviction.
Together since 1995, this Philadelphia band is comprised of Tom Lugo (vocal/ Guitar/ fx/ samples/ programming), Rob DeFlaviis (bass/ keys) and Bob Forman (drums/ percussion). Stellarscope has played venues throughout America’s East Coast and also Canada. Their songs have appeared on several programs, as well as various worldwide compilations and tribute albums. Tom Lugo spoke with Resonance about Stellarscope’s journey coming full circle and what we can anticipate with the new dawn. Continue reading