Today on New Music Now! something completely different is on the agenda, it’s that highly driven shoegaze genre brought to you by the talented Lazy Legs!
Coming from Chicago,IL who have a vibrant music scene at the moment, the band have a strong sense of what they want their music to be and they have their sounds deeply rooted within shoegaze. The band take heavy inluences from bands like My bloody Valentine and Slowdive which shows throughout their latest song “Crush”.
The song is powerful throughout with the guitars driving the song forward, along with the distant vocals it makes for an interesting listen which forces your hand on the song. You could easily hear this song being played at the end of an accomplished setlist to the end the night, and send the fans home happy. The song is also accompanied with a ridiculously entertaining video which is simply dogs enjoying themselves on a beach while words that revolving around summer just pop up. The band purposely decided to have the cheesy and entertaining video to accommodate this well written and structured song.
Ummagma are probably one of the strangest duos you will ever come across, but that is meant in a good sense. The duo is made up of Shauna McLarnon who hails from Canada and Alexx Kretov from Ukraine, and together they make soundscapes, mesmerizingvocals and beast to deliver a rich and rewarding listen. Their music stretches across sever genres which include, dream-pop, shoegaze, alt-pop to mention a few, the couple met at an acoustic guitar concert, their relationship developing into a marriage and then into a musical partenership which they called Ummagma. They both have a rich back ground of music with Shauna singing acapella and working with various Moscow musicians, while Alexx was a solo guitarist experimenting with home recording. Beginning in 2003, they set up a home recording studio so they could work on their music at home, developing and honing their musical skills and sound they upgraded their studio and recorded music.
‘Talk to Her’
You’ll never listen to a piece of music like this anywhere else, not with the same attention to detail, composition or with the same mind baffling video that is accompanied with it.The atmospheric sounds created by Ummagma in this piece deserve your complete attention along with some appraisals, for it’s like nothing I’ve ever heard. Not only is this a piece of music but it classes as a piece of art in sound for it’s not something you can just listen and sing along to, it’s not something you can learn to play on the guitar, it’s just something you’ve just got to listen to appreciate. Theirs not a lot of elements to the song as there’s no real vocals or notable guitars playing, but everything that is there is works for the song, and works well. With the slow drifting beat in the background and the slumber sound just lingering about, you just feel at ease and relaxed.
I wish I could say more about this piece, but I can’t because it leaves you speechless. Just a few other tracks they have, if your mind hasn’t been blown enough.
This band got in touch with me a couple of days ago, so the post should’ve been up a couple of days ago but I was in Liverpool, so that’s the reason for that delay. This is a four-piece that hail Brighton and have only been together for a couple of months, which is quite good for what they’ve come out with. They have a variety of different influences running through the band with all of them leaning towards different bands, Tame Impala, Black lips, Balkans and Warpaint just to name a few of the bands. The band are already working on some new tracks and tell me it won’t be long until they’re out which I’m already looking forward to.
Have a quick listen to the track before I bang on about it…
I’m a bit of a novice within this genre I’d say because I don’t have a rich knowledge of bands and artists when it comes to shoegaze and slightly psychedelic music, but I quite like it so I’ll give it a go. They call this music ‘Gearwave’, which is something that I’ve never heard of before, but after listening to this I will definitely digging deep within this genre. For me it’s a sound I’ve never really heard before, and I find it really interesting and actually quite catchy. It’s a song you need to listen to loud or with both earphones in, else you won’t be getting the full effect of it. The lyrics are extremely psychedelic, especially at the part where he sings ‘We’ll always love you, you’re always in our hearts’, it’s hard not to sing along after listening to it a few times. Finally just a quick word on the vocals which I think really stands out in the song, and plays an integral part to the song. Overall I think it’s a brilliantly produced piece of music, and how well they’ve worked to achieve the sound they now have, very excited to hear what these guys come out with next and hopefully I will be slightly more knowledgeable about the genre by then.