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December 19

Liza Jane 2

A second version of the traditional tune Liza Jane, on clawhammer guitar . . . [more inside]


Candy Wine

A cover of a sad-ish, holiday-ish song I've always loved. [more inside]


December 18

Man in the Moon

A quick and simple acoustic recording of a simple song about love.


Collard Greens

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.


A MeFiMusic Kinda Xmas

An utterly splendid Christmas and prosperous New Year to R Sleeker - MeFiMu's listener, who I believe lives just outside Stockport. [more inside]


December 17

Lucky Ball & Chain (feat. Margalo Epps)

A cover of the song by They Might Be Giants, for the Flood tribute album. [more inside]


December 16

We Three Kings

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]


December 14

Canned Beans

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]


Rock Transition

A rock transition for a project I'm working on.


December 10

Nuffing

not finished but it sounds pretty dope. Boomshakalakalakalaka. Takes a good minute to warm up and get the gears moving.


Rhapsody in January

Some Garageband piano. Apparently I'm ready for January already.


A Darker Shade of Blue

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.


December 9

As Clear As The Day Is Long

The first track from my solo album month attempt, my first track in a long time.


December 4

Human Factor

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]


December 3

Deep Sea (for Neko Case)

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]


November 30

I Want Tacos

Recorded this on a first gen MBox with a Rode, years ago. Acoustic guitars and singing and stuff. [more inside]


November 29

Fairytale of New York

It's almost December, so it's time for this classic holiday song, originally by the Pogues with Kirsty MacColl! [more inside]


November 26

A Sunset Song

The sun is setting... [more inside]


November 23

I Know It's You (Jeff, It's Roger)

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]


John Irwin

My version of Turlough O'Carolan's tune John Irwin, for fingerstyle guitar. [more inside]


November 22

Oh, You...

A dig at nostalgia, kind of... [more inside]


November 19

Photographer

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]


November 16

Cosmestics

First commerical project. Commissioned to accompany a video for an awards show somewhere. Electronic kinda catwalk music.


Lama (Mind Movies Remix)

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.


Heartbreak of Dawn

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]


November 14

Headphones

Two minutes about my paralyzing self-consciousness about working on my music in the presence of other people. [more inside]


November 12

Upsurd

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.


November 10

20 Minutes

New recording, old sentiment. [more inside]


November 9

Ice Machine

Another cover of a Depeche Mode song penned by Vince Clarke. I took some ideas from Röyksopp's recent cover. [more inside]


November 8

Intergalactic (Hoopo Remix)

I made a remix of one of my least favorite Beastie Boys hits. [more inside]


November 6

Choke a Moff (Taylor Swift parody)

I apologize to basically everyone. [more inside]


November 5

Colors

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]


Agriculture Report

A spur of the moment composition inspired by rice farming activities. [more inside]


November 4

Minor Waltz

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.


Greetings to the Unknown

Fast catchy tune with a thumping chorus - but the piano takes the star turn in the verses. [more inside]


November 3

Loudspeakers

Different synths, different arps, different drums


October 31

BFD

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]


October 29

In Western Lands

Sam Gamgee's song in the tower of Cirith Ungol. Words by JRR Tolkien, melody by Stephen Oliver. [more inside]


October 26

Bringing Me Down

An upbeat alt-countryish number I wrote in 2002, brought back from the dead and revived (with some cheap rhymes preserved). [more inside]


October 25

Blizzard

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.


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