I released a new EP today! All songs I recorded in and around my house in the last year. This song started off much more stripped down and it feels all grown up now. That's my brother on the drums
This is a "reconstruction" of my most popular song, "Nothing but the Rain," that came out last fall. Formerly a more mellow folksy song, the vocals are different and there is more energetic instrumentation. Can be found in all the usual digital places (Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud, etc.) under my name "MK Ellison." Enjoy!
Little bit o' indie, little bit o' sadboy, whole lotta pitchy singing. There's a swear in there, so watch out! [more inside]
If you like Superchunk and the Ramones and wished they had recorded together.
A song about surviving a pretty wild and punk rock youth. I wrote and recorded this under the name Dame Kraft. It will be cleaned up and made better and eventually released.
All your big dreams, you can't go wrong. Get fit with the AC on... [more inside]
She's a spy, a good one too. Speciality — sneaking up on you... [more inside]
Chin up. Keep acting like you've got it made. We both know you ain't. You're laughing but it's true. [more inside]
All this time, dipping your fingers in my bowl... [more inside]
Here's a chewy demo, work in progress. If you like Seam and Superchunk this is in that vein. [more inside]
Turns out my version of the serenity prayer involves a lot more quantum sci-fi and psycho-killer imagery. Been working on this for a good while, trying to figure out how to program drums for a slow 6/8 time. Pretty happy with how it finally came together, but I'd love some pointers. Still worried it's a bit too saturated, but that's kinda my MO. Lyrics in the fold. [more inside]
Re-Recording of a song I wrote some 20 years ago. Happy Sad Spacey Dream Pop.
The finished version of a song I posted back in February. Way louder this time around. Just thought y'all might be interested in hearing how this progressed once I got real drums, bass and guitar on it. It feels like I recorded that original demo at once yesterday and a million years ago. More of this kind of thing here.
This is a really rough early home studio demo of a song in development for my new recording project, The Wishing Well Divers' "Tragicomic Americana." Ironically, just as I've been working on this song, which thematically concerns stigmitization and marginalization, and well, being face down on the floor, I had a health scare last night that left me literally face down on the bathroom floor for a half hour. I've got no job, health insurance, family support, or cash cushion right now, so this song has taken on new personal meanings for me just since I started recording it a couple of days ago, with new worries about health problems and their potential to make it harder to find work and insurance. [more inside]
About 24 years ago, between 1992--1995 or so, I played in a popular art rock band in Panama City, Florida, called Killing Darlings. An old friend recently gave me access to his stash of the lo-fi recordings we produced over the years with that band, and this is one of them. There's a longer playlist of recovered tracks over here on Sound Cloud. [more inside]
Pretty guitars and synths and lots of delay and a deep and lovely bass line to boot.
Here's the B side "go with it" from my latest project, Instance. [more inside]
Some kind of indie rock song. [more inside]
Some of the most inspiring music out there focuses on the positive elements of humankind and society, blah blah blah. But there comes a time when even musicians' gearing towards that tendency get fed up and write something outside of their 'regular' thematic 'boundaries'. This seems to be the case with this Ummagma song. Enjoy and visit the band on Facebook...
There is one thing that I really admire in certain artists and that is flexibility. I love it when a band can perform across a spectrum of genres and especially when they manage to pull it off well. Starting out with Ummagma's Balkanofellini, which seems appropriately named when you envision those awesome soundtracks to all of Federico Fellini's films (by Nino Rota), combined with all the Balkan eclecticism of Emir Kusturica's films (soundtrack by Goran Bregović). Well there you have it. A hybrid. Thought you might also like a few quick offerings of other Ummagma tracks, so here is Human Factora">, Risky, NIMBY, and Upsurd, Orion, BFD and Outside
Punked up waltz about how to avoid bedbugs. Still a little iffy on how the vocals are mixed. Thoughts? [more inside]
Did my best Yo La Tengo impression for this misanthropic (and so timely!) track about the holidays. [more inside]
Powerful swirling and driving full sonic force, enveloped in a mishmash of postrock, shoegaze, and noise rock. [more inside]
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.
Four chords, a guitar loop and loping drums. Trying to keep things simple for once. More here.
Late night and off-kilter, a love song for the otherwise apathetic. Recorded at rehearsal in South London by Sredni Vashtar and then (lightly) polished. One day we'd like to record this properly (do the vocals properly for example). One day. [more inside]
Actors are always celebrated for their chameleonic ability to change characters and roles. Ummagma possesses this quality, among a small number of shape-shifting bands currently out there. This song is very different from anything else created by Ummagma. Hope you enjoy this. [more inside]
There is such a thing as light-imbued melancholy. This song shows that @Ummagma is among a cozy handful of bands nowadays who seem to thrive on achieving that combination. You can find Ummagma here too. [more inside]
The lyrics to this Ummagma song seem very timely considering what is happening in the world these days, with a bed of music that drums up intensity. You might particularly enjoy the ending.
Another venture into songwriting from our band, radiateur. This one is a Frankenstein song comprising of riffs and motifs written over the years and assembled at leisure. [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]
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]
Sometimes with you, I forget myself and laugh! (headphones recommended) [more inside]
This is my attempt at a GBV-style rocker. I put a guitar solo at the end as (kind of) a goof. I hope the musical irony gods will forgive me. Mixing this was a real bitch. I think I could go back and mix this 20 more times and still not be happy, but I gotta let it go. Any specific mixing/EQ advice on this is appreciated. [more inside]
I don't hate my job. Really, I don't. [more inside]
song about drugs & cops &tc [more inside]
An love letter to the letter "U" [more inside]
Cover I did hastily yesterday afternoon of The House of Love's beautiful song "In A Room". [more inside]
The power of passive aggression, in song form. Meant for listening loud in headphones, although what isn't?
An old New Blind National's song from when we were listening to a lot of Spoon. [more inside]
I think I managed to write a somewhat upbeat song! Well, upbeat if you ignore the title and lyrics. It's got: hammond organ, celesta, acoustic guitar, bass, drums, and some epic "Woo-oo-oooh" back up vocals.
A sad/angry song about the place where all the things we'd rather forget end up. Inspired by MeFi politics filter, where I was first introduced to the concept of "the memory hole," which in turn gave rise to this song. (This is a redux post after I accidentally posted an old mix before.) [more inside]
I think this has potential, I just don't really know where to go with it. So for the moment, I'm posting it and moving on.
An old song based on this scene from Mary Poppins that I told melissa may I'd post a long time ago. [more inside]
Your eyes, diamonds rough as a fist, chipped away. [more inside]
Tender love song with an intriguing, unusual structure
Navelgazer and I are in a Brooklyn-based indie-rock band called The Olivers. This past weekend, we recorded 7 songs for our new album. This one is called The Marching Glum. Please let us know what you think - we are curious as to how people will like our new material. (previously : 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
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