This instrumental explores not only ambiences and walls-of-sound seemingly inspired directly by cosmic travels, but also features electronics, samples, drones, and beautifully melodies peppered with a lot of dissonance, creating sonic tapestries perfectly suited for reflecting, reading an Arthur C. Clarke (or Isaac Asimov) book and taking a journey through the stars. This is Sounds of Sputnik.
Psych rock is a genre that spans worldwide, ignoring such arbitrary delineations as man-drawn borders. This song is a case in point, with Nameless (UA, Ternopil) taking the lead in this song - the only hint of the Eastern bloc here is reflected in their language. Ummagma provides the icing on the cake.
This song has been sitting around for most of the past year or so, unfinished and untitled, waiting for possibly a little more instrumentation (it's definitely a missing electric uke solo), some lyrics, and a re-recording of the drums with a real kit. I'm not good at playing fake drums. [more inside]
On electro-acoustic drum kit, with pitch-a-ma-skronked vocal. Video here
Pretending the Everly Brothers stole a song from my band and had an acetate demo of it recorded in the 1950s. [more inside]
Laydeez an' genlemin if I may pray your indulgence one more time (with or without feeling). This track has proved a bugger to mix, the problem being trying to ensure that the bass is in the driving seat but in an unobtrusive, self-effacing way rather than sounding like a Fender Total Bastard. I think this one is mix #8. Whatever it is, it's the fucking last one...
A team of astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has spotted sugar molecules in the gas surrounding a young Sun-like star. [more inside]
A song about Eve Online. Apologies to Nick Cave. Hurrah for PINTO!
As the unimaginative title suggests, this is my entry for the April MeFi Music challenge. It's an ambient type of thing, largely made from reversed guitar recordings. [more inside]
I've always thought it'd be extra cool to make a collaborative album like the Postal Service- the band, not the government entity- except, instead of snail-mailing recordings back and forth, you could just trade mixdown mp3s via email. This is a track I can't seem to come up with a vocal melody for. Any takers?
Smooth dreaming and a swirl of energy-filled ethereal waves take the listener on a flight or sailing trip of sorts. The lo-fi nearly Billy Bragg element of this lo-fi output gets a bit velvety with vocals from Alexx Kretov and blissed out with all this chorus and reverb and that is exactly what was intended with this track. Enjoy!
I figured everyone could use some cheering up lately, and I happen to have a vast surplus of happiness and love to share, not least because of this handsome unit
. Nugget has inspired countless other
tracks of mine
over the years, and now he's starring in his very own album, a free-if-you-want compilation on Bandcamp
, with (optional) donations going directly to the Child's Play charity
to help sick kids. Good boy, Nugget!!!
Created with FamiTracker
(this song will play exactly as you hear it on an unmodified Nintendo Entertainment System console, if you happen to have a homebrew flash cartridge) [more inside]
In June 2010, I posted a song called Womankind
. I was just digging through some old demo recordings and found the demo for this song. [more inside]
Peter Gabriel meets Daniel Lanois and Chicane. Here in this song, I'd say that Ummagma comes closest to having a Peter Gabriel moment. Somewhere in between his Sledgehammer and Passion phase. Fortunately, the other elements making this track unique kick into play and it's hard to put your finger on anything else. So just listen instead...
A rap/dance song loosely based on this Three Word Phrase comic
Who's obsessed with the Magnetic Fields? Not me; that's who. [more inside]
The smooth fusion of dream pop and shoegaze is always something I welcome and a goal that is always in sight in the case of this song by Sounds of Sputnik - perhaps this is what is meant by the term nugaze - somewhat of a reshaping of the heavier dirtier shoegaze sounds dating back to the early 1990s a la My Bloody Valentine and Medicine. This reminds of of some of Kevin Shields' lighter work that he's done for various soundtracks.
How do you see it?
Title track for a work-in-progress album under my new ambient moniker Foreign Buildings. [more inside]
A creeping tune the style of Melody Nelson era Serge Gainsbourg. Darcy Hancock from the Vancouver band Ladyhawk lends a squalling guitar solo.
Space rock is a term that is often over-used for various psychrock tunes, but it is dead on for this track from Sounds of Sputnik. Or space post-rock or even space post-rock shoegaze. Looking forward to your take on that.
I'm pretty certain I stole the chorus melody from somewhere, but I can't quite place the source. If anyone figures it out, please send me a private message so I'll know what band to claim I'm paying homage to.
Lyrics below. [more inside]
By Robotic Storm Cloud. Composed in 2000 or so (!) using wave editors and Sonic Foundry Acid. Crazy samples, drum loops, the works. [more inside]
Whispy male vocals and plenty of air for dream-weaving delicately frame this ethereal song. While "Photographer" is one of Ummagma's more melancholy songs, it's far from depressing. This one stands in the light.
Features male vocals by Alexx Kretov (Ukraine).
Sometimes you write something, and then forget you've written it, and then find it again while cleaning your computer. [more inside]
The third installment. [more inside]
Post-rock always seems embedded with the sense that something is dire; however, shake it up a bit to get a kind of post-rock indie shoegaze vinaigrette and Sounds of Sputnik is likely what you would come up with. This is Ambiguous Sense of the Future.
While the term space rock is kicked around quite often these days, there is something else out there: space pop. This song epitomizes that term, as reflected in the title itself. Poppy, spacey and ethereal trip to the cosmos. [more inside]
An attempt to take on board some of the comments made re mix of the original posted the other day.
celebrates springtime with a lush new single, "Everyone I Know."
This hook-laden dance-pop number is seasoned with Resistor's cynical charm, pondering whether originality can exist if a person is merely a product of his environment. Of course, the existentialism lurks beneath many layers of burbling synths, glitchy drum machines, and boy-girl harmonies. [more inside]
"Titry" translates into English as "credits", as in for a film. It was inspired by the idea that this would make a great intro or outro song for the listing of film credits, whether or not we actually decided to pitch the song for that purpose. Maybe we will one day :)
Soundscapes are part of the fabric for various genres of music and this song creates one merging several genres, yet is still hard to put your finger on.
A collaboration between myself and notondisplay using his tune Hi Rami Hi
. [more inside]
Inspired by the great man himself - J.S. Bach - this song presents a modern interpretation, stemming into interpretation, of this great piece. By Ummagma [more inside]
Ahhh good old mefimu - the metaphorical equivalent of the desolate, graffiti'd backland one views from a train as it negotiates the arse-end of a town that resolutely faces the other way. Comments by any fellow-travellers on mix/arrangement etc would be really rather splendid. Tickets please...
If you can imagine smooth post-rock and psych-rock crossed and infused with a shoegaze element, this is likely what you would hear. Sounds of Sputnik
With all the fuss going on about the Jayne Hats
from Firefly, thought it might be fun to share the first song from our Firefly-inspired music project, Leaves on the Wind. [more inside]
Sometimes various musical genres blend together to create something fresh and brilliant - the old with the new, analogue with digital, with styles and sounds intermeshing to create a new fabric. That is what we were after with this song, which has got to be the Ummagma song that leans most towards folk-rock. A little hiatus from dreampop. [more inside]
A little Mezzanine-era Massive Attack and Stereo MCs blend with something more ethereal - throw in both male and female vocals… and then some more depth that is indescribable in words. So says me. :)
Titled "Upsurd" because a little absurdity can also have an upwards drive to it. Right?
A very short prelude with three variations built from that and each other. Experimental work for piano. [more inside]
The ethereal with the ethical and ironic - that sums this sum up at the superficial plane, but there is so much more depth to this Ummagma track. Definitely one of the more Cocteau Twins inspired deliveries, this song is laced with a pulsation more rooted in Pink Floyd. Another track in the style of early 4AD. Whirrrrrllll.. [more inside]
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