Resistor 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]
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.
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?
For some of the best things in life, intensity builds as anticipation kicks in. That is what this Ummagma track is for me - with layer on layer, building a sort of icicle/sand castle that never melts or washes away. It just builds and then takes flight. I hope you will feel the same. Of course, there is that The Smiths thing happening - happy music, depressing lyrics. Rightly so. Spot on - have a read. [more inside]
Reminiscent of the Peter Gabriel and Deep Forest contribution to the film "Strange Days", this Ummagma track offers an eclectic earful of modernity meets tradition, complete with Carpathian whistle and balanced out with successive male and female vocals. [more inside]
A while back, Ian Baird (A*Star, Spring Clock Wonder) did an awesome remix of Telling You (T.Y. Ian Baird Remix) by SPC ECO, Dean Garcia's main musical project since leaving Curve. Fortunately, he would eventually remix our song "Lama" by our duo Ummagma. Hope you enjoy this upbeat track.
This remix of the track "Lama" does not outright flip the original version on its head, though it does dress it in a murkier shade of darkgaze (darkwave). The bright dreamy element from the original version spills over into this version too, so as to not detract from the original point of this song in the first place. I hope you enjoy it. Your feedback is most welcome.
Somewhat reminiscent of Sonic Youth's cover of the Carpenters' "Superstar", this song still seems to have a unique quality all of its own. When we recorded this Ummagma track, we didn't know about that cover but since then, this has been the feedback received and we also feel a similarity there too. What do you think? I'm also posting the lyrics here. [more inside]
A love for the golden 4AD era, Pink Floyd and the likes of David Sylvian have all been woven into the thread of this music. "Lama" was both inspired by these bands and reflects their contribution to a new generation of musicmakers. Looking forward, but knowing where our roots lie… I sincerely hope you will all enjoy this Ummagma track. [more inside]
It's funny how sometimes it takes all but a few minutes to write a song, while the development of another song can really stretch out. This was one of those stretches - "Risky" was a song that was written "in chunks" - the basic instrumental bit was written in Kyiv, Ukraine before a big move to western Ukraine and then to Canada, where the rest was written & recorded before finally being dragged back to Ukraine, where it was properly mixed and mastered. The time span from start to finish: 5 years. All that moving around was us, by the way, not just the tracks bouncing around in cyber space. Thus is the history of this track. I'm posting the lyrics too if anyone wants to have a go at them or "sing along" …. yeah, right… any feedback is welcome. Peace. [more inside]
"If You Don't Cry" by Resistor (originally performed by The Magnetic Fields).
Another bit of synthpop metacommentary in the form of the funny-cause-it's-sad-cause-it's-true inner monologue of a cynical artist. [more inside]
A semi-instrumental song given a second life after a decade in the demo wilderness. [more inside]
My take on the McCartney Christmas tune. [more inside]
The 11th entry in the monthly series of homemade synthpop singles from Resistor, "Narcissist" does what it says on the tin. [more inside]
Spacey indie rock, recorded in rehearsal by our band, radiateur. [more inside]
A simple electro-ukulele ode to solitude and song. [more inside]
From my new band, Flutes - a strange, psychedelic and folky Scottish tale that builds into an enormous freak-out! [more inside]
This one is a sparkly nugget of synthpop about the bitter, self-sabotaging adolescent lurking within all of us. Or at least within me. It's classic Resistor. [more inside]
A homemade synthpop tune about the myth of the meritocracy and the pain of being an artist without an audience, like something Stephin Merritt could've come up with on a dreary evening in an alternate universe where The Magnetic Fields never got popular. [more inside]
This is an electro version of the theme song to the children's show "The World of David the Gnome," which aired in the US on Nickelodeon from 1987 to 1995. [more inside]
A new synthpop song from Resistor about all the lies we agree to believe in so we can make it through the day. [more inside]
My band Teen Mom released an album, titled Mean Tom! This is the first single, You and Me. [more inside]
Regression is totally sexy, right? This is a nice listless, lofi version of an old song of mine featuring my friend emily's wonderful violin improv. It's a little rough, and I could use some help on rounding off the edges. (oh, and NSFW at the start) [more inside]
A synthesized take on the Beach Boys by Resistor.
A minor-key waltzing synthpop lament of being unemployed and underappreciated. [more inside]
Resistor vs. Lana Del Rey [more inside]
This is the lead-off track from The Flood, the new album by Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies, released today. [more inside]
upbeat indie pop song for when the days begin to blend together. Submitted for the MMM Challenge, as I've had a demo of this forever without ever really finishing the song. It needs a better title. [more inside]
A little tune about some teenage girls I know who could easily kick my ass. I've been working on a session of drum tracks I had my brother do before going into the peace corp for two years, and this is the first song nearing completion. Still getting used to working with real drum tracks. Any pointers and criticism would be great! [more inside]
Here is a song I recorded on a BOSS 16 track. Acoustic Guitar, Fender MusicMaster Bass and Farfisa Console organ. Recorded using a Rode NK2 Large Diaphragm Condenser mic. [more inside]
A simple, rough song I wrote in about 1986 and recorded a couple of years later. This was intended to be a bit of a Buddy Holly sort of thing. I wrote it, sang it, and played crappy guitar. [more inside]
Snazzy tune by my buddy Pat with a baddass, rocket-ship-style ending. Looking for feedback on the mix, as I'm using a new DAW. Thanks. [more inside]
"July" is the promo single from the upcoming Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies EP. "July" is the feel-good song of the month, if not the century. "July" is a tale of love, summertime, and ephemeral youth, told in the timeless language of pop music. [more inside]
As advertised, this Shins song changed my life. Now I sit around the house on Sundays recording wistful mandolin tracks on my computer instead of going outside. Thanks Shins!
1991 recording of a song by Gavin Guss, performed by Gavin and me. Recorded at Egg Studios in Seattle. [more inside]
Picked up my electric guitar last night for the first time in 3 years, this happened... [more inside]
bouncy, hyperbolic night-out song, wherein I muse on the merits of Jack Daniels as it pertains to dental hygiene. (not really) [more inside]
it's so high-pitched and quirky. [more inside]
I pushed the vocal track a couple of dB on this track I posted yesterday as several people suggested. See what you think. [more inside]
So Aimee Mann and Bruce Springsteen are in a bar discussing the greatness that is Living on a Prayer, but what they haven't noticed is that Toto are at the next table, and Sonic Youth just walked in the back... [more inside]
Feisty powerpop version of the a capella song I posted for the challenge. Man, this was another freakin' difficult song to mix, not least because it was the first one I did on my Yamaha HS50m monitors which Chococat recommended.You know when you go to the bathroom in the middle of the night in a hotel and accidentally turn on the overhead fluorescents and catch yourself stark naked in the most unflattering, pore-revealing detail and sort of gasp in horror? These speakers are like that. You fight them every inch of the way, not trying to get the song sounding good, but just to stop it sound so goddamn bad. [more inside]
A very crap-quality song I wrote using three chords on a synthesizer keyboard and a terrible singing voice. Anyone who knows me knows that this entire thing is a massive satire, so don't take the lyrics or the cheesiness at face value. On second thought, I am probably even more cheesy than this song tells. [more inside]
The only good thing about having a sore throat is that for a brief window of time I can hit some low notes. I was too sick today to concentrate on any real work but this was lying around half-finished so I took it another quarter of the way. Despite the title, this is not a murder ballad but a song about the day I realized Ms. unSane might (eventually) become Mrs unSane. Features a totally fake Hawaiian guitar, one of the rare moments where my surf playing has spilled over into one of my songs. [more inside]
Final mix of the song I posted a couple of days ago incorporating a couple of changes suggested by uncleozzy. [more inside]
Sometimes songs come easy and sometimes they come hard. Everything about this one was hard. The final, sweated over, version of a song I posted a rough demo of a few weeks ago. Hopefully the results are worth it! [more inside]
A relationship, coldly thought out from beginning to end, in just 97 words. [more inside]