Category Archives: ethereal sound

Ummagma

A few years back I featured Ummagma on the old blog. At that time I said this about them.

Ummagma is a Canadian-Ukrainian duo comprised of Alexx Kretov and Shauna McLarnon, blending the ethereal with sublime resonance, beats and rhythm to create richly layered soundscapes. In mid-July, Ummagma released two CD albums (“Ummagma” and “Antigravity”) and won the 2013 Alternative Eurovision, representing Ukraine from 21 countries. Although this music encompasses several music genres — indie rock, post-rock, dream pop, ambient/ethereal, space rock and progressive rock — there is a common remarkable theme, elevating atmosphere and stirring effect in Ummagma’s music.

Like so many independent artists they keep on moving on.

On the trail of their collaboration with dreampop pioneer A.R.Kane earlier this year, Ummagma has been turning a lot of heads in the last few years, winning praise from the likes of Joe Foster (Creation Records) and The Veldt, collaborating with members of OMD and Swervedriver, and winning the Alternative Eurovision on Amazing Radio. They also feature in Wire Magazine’s new Wire Tapper CD.

Recently they released an awesome re-mix of one of their gems. As with all their releases this is a soaring piece of music that will take you higher, complex yet simple it just moves you along with it.
Add to that a beautiful video and I just had to post this, their latest release.

Enjoy, I know I am.

Lama ~ Robin Guthrie Mix

And just for kicks, here’s the original version, love ’em both myself.  What say you?

Lama

 

📷 Oleksandra Kostiv

Mishka

This is the most awesome band I have heard in a long long time.

I know very little about them, I do know they are playing a gig  on Monday 29th May at the Eleonor Arms in Bethnal Green – wish I could be there!

The band are:
Maria Atlas ~ Vocals
Julien Brunard ~ Violin
Jon Miyawaki ~ Guitar
Jake Maun ~ Guitar
Tom Williams ~ Double Bass

Shades of Django and the Hot Club.  There is some awesome playing here, all fine musicians and the young ladies voice will break your heart.

Sound & Video ~ Freeze Productions

Astrid S

Today we have another stunning talent from Scandinavia.
Astrid Smeplass was born in the Rennebu municipality in Norway, known professionally as Astrid S, she is an extremely talented singer / songwriter.

Astrid S is starting a tour next month, first up two sold out concerts in New York and Los Angeles and then on to London which is probably sold out as well. And then on to Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Busy girl.

So let’s take a wander through this young ladies musical catalog, and for one so young it is extensive.

This stunning video was my introduction to the wonderful Astrid S, with a snappy electro-beat this is a song to set your feet tapping. Very cool.  This is Astrid’s latest single release.
Breathe

Produced by Cherry Cobra
Director Cherry Cobra
Director of Photography Jallo Faber
Actors Rickard Tollstoy, Christer Wiklund, Jens Löfgren, David Nyberg
Graphics Cherry Cobra
Editing Linda Jildmalm
Music video by Astrid S performing Breathe.
(C) 2017 Universal Music A/S

This next one is taken from her debut EP “Astrid S”, another bright beautiful electro-beat and totally addictive. I’m guessing this was shot in Norway, the scenery is stunning.
Hurts So Good

Produced by NAIVE
Director Andreas Öhman
Producer Caroline Sandberg
Director of Photography Erik Vallsten
Production coordinator Alice Ängeby
Choreography Mari Raudsepp
Actor Philip Oros
Head of Graphics /VFX Oskar Gullstrand
Editing Andreas Öhman
Graphics /VFX assistant Oskar Järviken, Lovisa Lybeck, Nils Mattson
Grading Oskar Gullstrand/ Naive

Another stunning video, and another beautiful song. This young lady has definitely got me hooked on her sound. Just lovin’ this song.
Hyde

Director: Hörður Sveinsson
Director: Helgi Jóhannsson
Producer: Atli Viðar Þorsteinsson
Director of Photography: Árni Filippusson
Focus Puller: Snorri Fairweather
Assistant Director: Haraldur Ari Karlsson
Choreography: Viktor Leifsson
Actor: Viktor Leifsson
Editor: Helgi Jóhannsson
Behind The Scenes Photographer: Birgitta Jeanne Sigursteinsdóttir

📷 Paulina Torbjörnsen

Back in 2013 at the tender age of 16 Astrid Smeplass appeared on the Norwegian version of “Idol”, she came in fifth which seems to be a good number. While on there she did an awesome version of this Dolly Parton classic, but with only 90 seconds it was a little hurried. And then I found this version at an open air concert in Allsang på Grensen. Prepare to have your heart broken.
Jolene

 

Here’s a great acoustic song recorded live in the studio, a really cool song and a wonderful performance by Astrid. The more I hear her voice the more enraptured I am by her talent.
Jump

Recorded at Propeller Recordings, Oslo, Norway

📷 Robin Bøe

We’re gonna finish, as I frequently do, with a live version of the song we started with.
This is from a performance live on “Skavlan” in Sweden on Sveriges Television (SVT).
Breathe