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Momma's Boy

Nice little short story song. Ten points to whoever can guess the famous dysfunctional family first! I've been trying to write this song for a year, and then it poured out of me today all at once. Could definitely use a little feedback on how it came out. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Jul 23, 2014 - 0 comments

almost time

This is a guitar-only outtake from another song I did. I was going to use it as a outro on that song but the original clocked in a 9 minute time already so it got discarded. But still, I like the feeling of it...especially as it's guitar with no other instruments ;)
posted by cicadaverse on Jul 13, 2014 - 0 comments

stupid sexy monsters

Punked up waltz about how to avoid bedbugs. Still a little iffy on how the vocals are mixed. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Jul 6, 2014 - 2 comments

native

I was really happy with this one when I first recorded it about 19 months ago. Listening to it now, I realise it was given way too much compression in the mastering phase. unfortunately I have lots the master project now with a faulty hard drive so it it what it is... [more inside]
posted by cicadaverse on Jul 6, 2014 - 2 comments

Lawn Mower Times

Another combination of Guitar vs. Keyboards. Guitar gets the first move this time.
posted by cicadaverse on Jun 29, 2014 - 0 comments

guitar track

just a guitar riff I've been working on. Not sure where to take it exactly.
posted by cicadaverse on Jun 25, 2014 - 2 comments

it would take an hour...

Feeling a bit down tonight so I went looking through my projects and tried to fix up old throw away songs. This is one that's not too bad. An idea I hadn't quite fleshed out instrumentally. But why not throw on some improve vocals to make it feel more whole?
posted by cicadaverse on Jun 22, 2014 - 6 comments

Beautiful Moment

I recall watching John Waters movies in my teenage years and always thinking, THIS is the soundtrack to not only my but millions of people's teenage years. Well, this song is the soundtrack to a peaceful blissful moment, based on the moment when it was created, every time I hear it. Hope you will also enjoy.
posted by Brodyaga on Jun 19, 2014 - 3 comments

J.S. Bach

When the radiant bliss of classical music comes to enter the realm of dream pop ambient downtempo, something serene yet pensive may be the result, as in the case of this track. Initially when we composed this track, there were lyrics and vocals, but then our computer blew and somehow the vocals didn't survive. Today it is an instrumental.
posted by Brodyaga on Jun 16, 2014 - 1 comment

downshift

So...I didn't think I'd have time to work on a new song but the last 24 hours have freed up so... [more inside]
posted by cicadaverse on Jun 16, 2014 - 2 comments

Titry

Since music is a powerful force capable of evoking an endless array of images to one's mind, this represents just the diverse dynamic space, vocal free, to be a canvass for whatever the listener can dream up. This is for dreaming, after all :)
posted by Brodyaga on Jun 12, 2014 - 2 comments

Upsurd

Fusion confusion. The meshing of musical genres found in this Ummagma track represent a fusion, reflecting the confusion that is so commonplace nowadays in this world - simply absurd and rising. Hence the name Upsurd.
posted by Brodyaga on Jun 10, 2014 - 1 comment

The Road to Lees

Imagine if you could depict a season through music. This track would be somewhere between the blossoming bliss of spring and the hazy threshold of summer, when you are just itching to dance your butt off. This is indietronic.
posted by Brodyaga on Jun 9, 2014 - 1 comment

a complicated render

I'm trying to come up with vocals for this one and really struggling tonight. I had an idea, which was to just use pitch correction. I actually kind of liked it. At the risk of sounding like kanye west, i think it helped me get the melodies from my head onto the track without me immediately deleting it. I think maybe I'll use it as a guide track to get a usable take.
posted by cicadaverse on May 31, 2014 - 0 comments

Kitten (in my robot purse) cover

Coming late to this great mefimusic challenge. So many I still want to cover, but here's my noir version of umbú's excellent Kitten (in my robot purse), a song that packs way more adorable and awesome into less than three minutes than should feasibly fit. Hope I'm doing it justice. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on May 29, 2014 - 2 comments

Night at the beach in the dark with more vocals

I let a few people hear this before (both here and elsewhere) and they all wanted a mix with higher vocals (despite the fact that I've assured everyone the vocals were total rubbish). So I've re-mixed it and re-mastered and now you might be able to hear my voice. If you still can't understand me, I've included the very depressing lyrics below. [more inside]
posted by cicadaverse on May 29, 2014 - 2 comments

where's the exit?

Just another instrumental rock song. A few more electronic elements added in this time but overall, still very much guitar based.
posted by cicadaverse on May 28, 2014 - 0 comments

is it the beach at night

Another attempt at songwriting. Unfortunately the vocals were so bad I almost deleted them. Instead I just backgrounded them.
posted by cicadaverse on May 26, 2014 - 2 comments

Listen

Listen, a song by Sredni Vashtar. Recorded, as usual, at rehearsal. The loop drones throughout and the guitar and bass are sparse and simple.
posted by srednivashtar on May 19, 2014 - 1 comment

Lama (Jane Woodman Remix)

When a musician, who has self-recorded and mixed everything (brilliant) he (she) has ever put out, eventually takes to creating a remix, the output can be somewhat spectacular. That is what happened when San Francisco shoegaze darkwave wonderkind Jane Woodman jumped into her very first remix for Ummagma 'Lama'. Hope you enjoy the output.
posted by Brodyaga on May 15, 2014 - 1 comment

River Town

The themes of timelessness vs. something purely of the moment and also of mobility vs. immobility are somehow factored into the folds of this dreamy folkrock-inspired track by Ummagma. Whispy and somewhat ethereal. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on May 13, 2014 - 1 comment

Old ship church

Another one from the afore mentioned project from a few years ago. Not quite up to my current standards but I like the energy in this one anyway.
posted by cicadaverse on May 11, 2014 - 0 comments

Guardian Angel

Here's an old song from Sredni Vashtar, revamped, restructured and recorded at rehearsal a few weeks ago [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar on May 10, 2014 - 3 comments

device or vice

This is obviously kind of an experiment...or in other words, it's a bit of a mess. [more inside]
posted by cicadaverse on Apr 30, 2014 - 0 comments

Billions

'8 billion pounds is rising from the ground'. A song about the city. [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar on Apr 27, 2014 - 4 comments

garage lately

Very hesitant to let anyone hear this one. [more inside]
posted by cicadaverse on Apr 24, 2014 - 5 comments

Remix Snippet

What might be the outcome of taking a rather dreamy pulse-based trance inducing track, stripping it back, adding an addictive disco electronic undertone and phasing ghost-like vocals here and there (and rather rare)…? Have a listen and then you will know :)
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 22, 2014 - 2 comments

carefully optimistic

I thought I'd try to write something more upbeat. I couldn't think of a vocal melody so I just filled it with different guitar parts.
posted by cicadaverse on Apr 21, 2014 - 0 comments

Ambiguous Sense of the Future

Powerful swirling and driving full sonic force, enveloped in a mishmash of postrock, shoegaze, and noise rock. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 20, 2014 - 1 comment

equals66

just a rock song (instrumental). I played around a lot with some organs and synths but still guitar based overall...
posted by cicadaverse on Apr 19, 2014 - 2 comments

Kiev

Imagine a dream that entails a strange melange of light and dark and translate that into sonic form, albeit with angelic vocals. That is what this song represents. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 19, 2014 - 1 comment

BFD

Eastern European countries are home to remarkably sounding native folk music, and it is particularly welcome when any element, or even remnant, of that is mixed in with any form modern music. What a grande fusion it can be. That is what we feel happened with this song.
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 16, 2014 - 2 comments

simple plastics

Another day, another song. Rock, indie, alternative, etc... A bit of hit and miss.. A bit of an experimental, weird intro. I was inspired by someone I once heard trying to play the guitar with a mallet. Some keyboards and organ are thrown in underneath (probably to try to make up for the lack of verse vocals!). I Also tried to throw in a vocal idea on the chorus here (written below) [more inside]
posted by cicadaverse on Apr 14, 2014 - 2 comments

The Road to Lees

The Road to Nowhere? No, the road to somewhere magical and fantastic, enjoying every moment encountered on the way. That is the idea guiding this song and the windy change-ups and ambient indietronic delights emerging as the song progresses.
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 13, 2014 - 1 comment

Lama (SOS Remix)

When you dig the original of a song so much that you can't imagine how anybody could possibly ever dissect it and re-embody it in an alternate format, sometimes you are pleasantly surprised when indeed someone comes along who capably does just that - with flair, good taste and a handful of cards up their sleeve, dealt ever so cleverly within the remix they have created. That's what we're talking about with this Sounds of Sputnik take on Ummagma's 'Lama'.
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 12, 2014 - 1 comment

River Town

Tides and lilts, ebbs and flows. Something romantic, yet superfluous permeates 'River Town', with a spacious element opening up for sweepingly dreamy female vocals. At least that's how we see this Ummagma track. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 11, 2014 - 2 comments

The Calm Kiev

We once used to wonder what it would sound like to whip up a healthy feisty mix of dream pop and hip hop - rap and now, thanks to this tasty earbite, we have an idea. Definitely taking a walk on the dark side, underlined by both the music and vocals, this is still definitely worth the listen.
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 10, 2014 - 1 comment

Shame

About as close as I'll ever get to writing an epic stadium rock anthem. A bit like an angry indie version of the Buzzcocks' "Ever Fallen in Love" — but less danceable. [more inside]
posted by ZipRibbons on Apr 7, 2014 - 0 comments

Back To You

In the spirit of "Superstar" by legendary art-punk band Sonic Youth (who were covering The Carpenters chart-breaking track), here is 'Back to You'. Sonically similar, but content-wise very different. No superstar imagery from the perspective of a groupie here. Just some self-searching and hopefully grounding elements. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 5, 2014 - 3 comments

Libel

A decent proportion of the lyrics were sourced more or less directly from the sensationalist headlines on the covers of beauty / gossip / lifestyle magazines. Most of the other bits I nicked off Eastenders. [more inside]
posted by ZipRibbons on Apr 4, 2014 - 1 comment

two lovers

Gentle, warm, almost mantra-like song featuring guitars, piano, bass, lap steel, drums, bass, melodica, and vocals -- kinda sorta about seeing love as an art project. [more inside]
posted by edlundart on Apr 2, 2014 - 2 comments

Peanuts

Everyone else in the band always jokes that this song should be called Penis, but they're just juvenile idiots. On the other hand, it does contain the lyrics "American tits" so maybe they're right. [more inside]
posted by ZipRibbons on Apr 2, 2014 - 2 comments

World Trade Centre

A punky little indie number about opting out of consumer culture and the acceptance / celebration of violence and warfare. Also, Wargames (the film). Hope you like it! [more inside]
posted by ZipRibbons on Apr 1, 2014 - 2 comments

River Town (Mind Movies Remix)

Synthpop, Electronica, Indietronica, Electro bliss by the earful and here for the taking. Although it will be a while until this track will be published on any official release, you might enjoy this sneak preview.
posted by Brodyaga on Mar 31, 2014 - 3 comments

Lama

This is one of the better (at least one of the favourite) Ummagma tracks out there to date and currently the subject of a whack of forthcoming remixes. Stay tuned! [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Mar 26, 2014 - 1 comment

Beautiful Moment

Love generates love generates love. Beautiful Moment seems to capture an element worthy of such progeneration. Harmony, peace, smooth dreaming and a swirl of energy-filled ethereal waves. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Mar 20, 2014 - 3 comments

MY 50th Mefimusic POST!

Thank y'all for 7 fun years. Here's a new tune I wrote for my band Big Ghost called Great Spirit (get it? get it?) Enjoy! [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Mar 15, 2014 - 2 comments

it's the same idea

Wrote and recorded this a couple of years ago. This is where I left it, a couple of notches or more away from perfect... but it's got some good things about it, including a really messed up (in a good way) guitar solo. [more inside]
posted by edlundart on Jan 26, 2014 - 0 comments

you awoke like

Pretty excited about this one. This was a weird kinda experimental duet I wrote a long time ago and I'm finally starting to mess around with it for reals. It features my lovely and talented friend Pat. As per usual, I could always use some advice. Tricky stuff starts around 1:07. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Jan 14, 2014 - 3 comments

Balkanofellini

Eastern Europe has long been known as a mysterious place when it comes to music, spanning multiple genres, including music with a particular ethno-folk component. This is one of those songs. Well done Ummagma. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Dec 27, 2013 - 1 comment

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