Sound of Fighting Cats: Ethereal
December 12, 2012
Their second album this year and a follow up to the Ummagma album.
To my knowledge, their first album was conceived in Moscow a long time. This album was conceived with new impulses and fresher air in Ukraine. Which, if I am not mistaken, they think is a better environment for them. I have to agree with that sentiment. Antigravity is a lot better album.
We are still in the dream pop territory with Shauna McLarnon's ethereal voice floating on the top of some half acoustic guitars and electronica. Think jazz, think electronica and think indie rock. They have kept the Bjork, Sigur Ros and Radiohead references from their Umnagma album and added The Smiths and All Over Everywhere influences too. In particular the latter criminally underrated band. They have also added a lot of song crafts and the art of quirky verse-chorus-verse songs. The song Live and Let Die is a mix of The Smiths and All Over Everywhere. It is also the best song here with Shauna McLarnon's vocals over some Johnny Marr'ish melody lines. An excellent song.
Ummagma has created a great album which is worth the download. Yes, it is a name your price download so you can pay whatever you think it is worth. It is one of the best Bandcamp albums this year by far. In short; get it.