Keeping Pace with Ummagma
March 30, 2013
You have already heard about the band Ummagma previously on Canibal Vegetariano – an in-depth review of their music, an interview with band members Alexx and Shauna, and about their collaboration with Ukrainian band Nameless (UA, Ternopil). Having released 2 albums, several remixes, one joint single, and nearly a dozen music videos in the past half-year, it’s no wonder that this unlikely duo has been the focus of over 130 unique press articles issued in over 20 countries, including a recent full-page feature in Rolling Stone Russia.
Once again, the spotlight swings back towards Ummagma thanks to several intriguing developments for this Canadian-Ukrainian multi-genre (indie alt-rock dreampop ambient postrock shoegaze) duo. First up is the new remix of “Lama” by Jane Woodman, a DIY multi-instrumentalist and film-maker whose own musical contributions are noteworthy (we’ll get to that in a minute). In comparison to the original version of Lama, with its distinct airy dream-daze-gaze trippy feeling, Woodman's remix is noteworthy for its dark luscious underbelly, a tip-off to her previous (and forthcoming) work. The track retains the same dreampop shoegaze appeal of the original, while gaining something that is clearly closer to darkwave, goth and even slightly industrial.
Both Ummagma and Jane Woodman are both TOP-5 familiars of New York City’s Indie Darkroom Chart and The Scottish New Music Chart. I’d have to agree with Dingus on Music’s recent assessment of this duo: “I couldn’t think of a more perfect combination or a better pair to represent the DIY music scene”
Next we turn to Jane Woodman, a solo artist based in San Francisco, who debuted her first EP “Poem Electronique” over a year ago and has already given us a sneak preview of what’s to come from her forthcoming album “Teenage Red”, produced by Monte Vallier (The Soft Moon, Weekend, Slowness). Her sound is an addictive opiate of dream-inducing guitars, evasive dreamy vocals, and industrial rhythm bed that wraps you in subliminal layers of shoegaze, goth, post-punk, and darkwave. She recently released a colored vinyl 7” with avant cellist Zoë Keating (known for her work with Rasputina and Amanda Palmer, formerly of Dresden Dolls). We've recently noticed significant attention in her direction and it's clear why. Like the situation with Ummagma, this is ART.
Watch for forthcoming videos, including one for Jane’s remix of “Lama”, in the near future. In the meantime, please enjoy the latest Ummagma video, mixed by filmmaker and art designer Dimitry Uziel with support from The Blog That Celebrates Itself Records, which has apparently developed a mutual relationship with Ummagma.