Available on CD vinyl LP on Ehse Records. Wume are April Camlin and Al Schatz from Baltimore. Recording away in their basement, playing with synths and developing grooves galore. with a similar tone to Apparat Organ Quartet, Maintain is a collection of tracks, old and new that plays like computer game menu music in the style of an ultra funked out Kraftwerk. These guys make me smile loads.
9/10 Laurie Staff review, 21 May 2015
Rather than dizzying with considered production, Baltimore duo Wume strip back to the tried and tested synth ‘n’ drum combo, garnering obligatory Kraftwerk-related comparisons. Yes, the synth sounds that Albert Schatz makes sound kinda cute and kooky (is kitsch the word?) and April Camlin’s drums are machine-level tight and repetitive, but these two seem to have more in common with classic psych and prog styles, without the ridiculous bombast.
The focus on bare instrumental elements lets Wume concentrate on the patterns themselves, their hypnotic power and possible complexity. You’ll find intricate polyrhythms that subtly change tack when a new synth line enters, bringing Maintain closer to the minimalism of Riley or Reich than Kraftwerk. If you want to treat yourself today, listen to the captivating repetitions of ‘Ostinaut’. Ostinato from space. The intricacy makes it seem like an electronic math rock, complete with grooves in odd times. The locked synth ‘n’ drums are occasionally joined by some some woozy vocals from Camlin that act more as an ornament than the centrepiece.
There are very few chord changes here, which lets you totally zone in as the patterns unfold over a drone note. It’s all very clever stuff, but isn’t jarring in any way or overthought. If you’re trippy or spliffy then this will be bliss, if you’re not then you’ll want to be. This is new-new-age for post-psych minimalists.
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