A second version of the traditional tune Liza Jane, on clawhammer guitar . . . [more inside]
A cover of a sad-ish, holiday-ish song I've always loved. [more inside]
A quick and simple acoustic recording of a simple song about love.
Most songs I write are about relationships and life and whatever, but this is a funk song, and it's about nothing. It has some pseudo-metaphorical lyrics that gained meaning after being put down, a direct quote from an old tennis coach I had in college, some electric piano I wish was a real and not just in my computer, some funky backing guitar by a friend of mine, a piano solo out of a wild west saloon, and then various layers of looped acoustic drums and electronic beats.
An utterly splendid Christmas and prosperous New Year to R Sleeker - MeFiMu's listener, who I believe lives just outside Stockport. [more inside]
One of my favorite Christmas carols. It starts out with some weird singing, but the guitar solo comes in around 0:50, and the whole thing opens up around 1:20. Worth the wait... [more inside]
I needed to pare down so that my stuff didn't sound like a melange of instruments crowded into a closet. I thought, "CAN." This song happened. Then I thought, "Beans." Hence the name of this song. Minimalist happy grüverock. [more inside]
A rock transition for a project I'm working on.
not finished but it sounds pretty dope. Boomshakalakalakalaka. Takes a good minute to warm up and get the gears moving.
Some Garageband piano. Apparently I'm ready for January already.
The lead track off the album we just released. Like a lot of tracks on the album, I posted early versions of it here on MeFiMu so it might be fun to track the 19-year evolution from acoustic ballad to powerpop anthem.
The first track from my solo album month attempt, my first track in a long time.
It's all in the lyrics with this song, though I think the tone of the music gives away quite a lot too. Indie rock with a progressive dreampop edge. Short and sweet :) This is our Ummagma - findable for search-happy folks at www.facebook.com/ummagma [more inside]
The first in a series of tunes I'm doing in the styles of my favorite songwriters. This one was written and performed in the style of Neko Case. [more inside]
Recorded this on a first gen MBox with a Rode, years ago. Acoustic guitars and singing and stuff. [more inside]
It's almost December, so it's time for this classic holiday song, originally by the Pogues with Kirsty MacColl! [more inside]
The sun is setting... [more inside]
I turned four years worth of voicemails from my brother into this song, and I gave it to him for his 39th birthday. [more inside]
My version of Turlough O'Carolan's tune John Irwin, for fingerstyle guitar. [more inside]
A dig at nostalgia, kind of... [more inside]
Psychedelica as embodied in music is not always about rowdy trippy cagey delivery and a catchy spacey or 'wow' riff…. sometimes psychedelica can drift unassumingly into the realm of melancholia, which is where this Ummagma song firmly rests. [more inside]
First commerical project. Commissioned to accompany a video for an awards show somewhere. Electronic kinda catwalk music.
So much music, so little time. Even in the mind of the remixer, likely that expression would sound something like "So many remix options, so little time"… which is why we're lucky there are so many different great remixers in this world (yes, there certainly are a lot of terrible ones too)… But here we have a wonderful remix by Brazil's Mind Movies of Ummagma's track 'Lama'. Certainly do hope you will enjoy this vision too.
Written and recorded in Cairo, Egypt almost exactly two years ago during a time in my life when I was trying to tune and play an oud just like a guitar. Features strummed and bowed oud, more harmonies than normal, squeaky chair. [more inside]
Two minutes about my paralyzing self-consciousness about working on my music in the presence of other people. [more inside]
OK - not exactly a sing-along and not exactly the kind of song you can imagine a sing-along happening to, but there is something to be said for the harmony established between two voices in a song, even if they are not singing in tandem. This is, indeed, one of those songs where I think that kind of love-in has been achieved, at least sonically.
New recording, old sentiment. [more inside]
Another cover of a Depeche Mode song penned by Vince Clarke. I took some ideas from Röyksopp's recent cover. [more inside]
I made a remix of one of my least favorite Beastie Boys hits. [more inside]
I apologize to basically everyone. [more inside]
Dream dripping floating melting flying… All of these are feelings that might come to mind if you close your eyes while listening to this current track. Somewhere between the mellowest of Pink Floyd and the catchiest bit of Billy Bragg, I hope you'll enjoy Ummagma 'Colors'. [more inside]
A spur of the moment composition inspired by rice farming activities. [more inside]
A composition for 2 banjos in the classic style, composed by S.S. Stewart in 1882. I decided to give it the carnival dirge treatment.
Fast catchy tune with a thumping chorus - but the piano takes the star turn in the verses. [more inside]
Different synths, different arps, different drums
A mix of cultures often results in something beautiful - interesting art, world views, beautiful babies and intriguing music. And you don't have to be from either of those cultures to appreciate how wonderful this can be. This song represents a melange of two cultural infusions - from Canada and Ukraine. This is Ummagma. Enjoy. [more inside]
Sam Gamgee's song in the tower of Cirith Ungol. Words by JRR Tolkien, melody by Stephen Oliver. [more inside]
An upbeat alt-countryish number I wrote in 2002, brought back from the dead and revived (with some cheap rhymes preserved). [more inside]
This is one of those "let's drift away" songs... hazy gazey spacey and dreamy all in one… If one is prone to daydreaming or aural hypnosis, this may not be the song for you :) Just the same, this is definitely worth a listen to all others. This is Sounds of Sputnik.