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.
Old time music becomes new with a western edge – in something that might be labeled ‘saloon rock.’ While no particular genre may presently fit, The Chorderoys, a South Carolina band now relocated to Austin, has a sound that is low country, folksy, and bluesy. They’re somewhat akin to Band of Horses, but genuinely have a sound all their own. The Chorderoys are comprised of brothers Greg and Jon Denn and Andrew Simmons. Their September release, ‘No Man’s Land’ is a four track EP recorded at the renowned Arlyn Studios.
Cheerful garage-pop laced with a hint of wistfulness characterizes the melody driven sound of Eux Autres. Literally translated as Them Others, the band name sounds so much nicer in Frech, (pronounced OOZ-OH-TRAH). Their Feb 28th release is titled ‘Sun Is Sunk’. This EP was recorded by Jason Quever (Papercuts) who also recorded the Eux Autres’ third album, one which entailed a West Coast tour with Wild Flag and a three week tour of Europe.
Originally formed in 2003 by the brother/sister duo, Heather and Nicholas Larimer, the group later added drummer Yoshi Nakamoto (The Aislers Set, Still Flyin’) in to order to expand their sound. Continue reading
Three years in the making, this work, released Jan 1st, is a mixture of recordings done in the Garden studio at Shoreditch and Hume’s home studio in east London. Joining her in this collaboration were Quinta (Bat for Lashes, Phil Selway) on saw and viola, Chris Letcher on guitar, Wesley Gibbens on drums and Andrew Joseph contributing some additional bass work. Influenced by poets like Silvia Plath and Emily Dickenson, Hume’s songs are distinctly rhythmic and unfolding. Continue reading
Imagine the uplifting sound of the Beach Boys with a melancholy undertone, the retro surfrock of Weezer void of grunge guitars, or the Indie dream pop sound of Yo La Tengo without the plunges into experimental noise. Think of those things and you’ve approached the sound of Cleveland based Gomez Addams. His January release, ‘Summer Viking’ is relaxed and breezy, a work reminiscent of a simpler time.
Swaying on the back of a camel across the Egyptian desert, you recognize that you have a long ride ahead of you. The barren landscape changes only slightly as the winds swirl around the timeless landscape. Your eye focuses on the shifting hues of the sky, first gold and orange, then red and purple. This is the experience of ‘Sunset Over Cairo.’
Rhythmic and lulling, Listen Lisse releases her third album this month with music she describes as “bittersweet folk punk phased into electric drone.”
A native of New Zealand, now based in London, Lisse can be found performing on both fronts. Organic folk mingles with edgy punk as Lisse sets insights to music. The personal quality of her singing suggests that she shares these stories from her own diary.