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Iranian producer Umchunga makes his solo debut with Should Have Been Done By Now, an abstract collection of static-infused ambience. Reportedly buried in the sound mass are vocals, guitars, electronics and field recordings, although Umchunga has a knack for blurring the edges of sounds until they become hard to define.


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Should Have Been Done By Now by Umchunga
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8/10 Laurie Staff review, 21 July 2015

The latest from Hibernate has arrived, and it’s from a relative newcomer to the world of released music, Tehran’s Umchunga aka Nima Pourkarimi. No guesses as to what it sounds like - the Hibernate lot really meant every word of their Bandcamp mission statement. Not a lot of labels can say that. Well done.

Should Have Been Done By Now is a giant obscured cloud with a sad blue lining. This blue gets fainter and brighter variously as the release sails onwards, particularly strong in 2nd track ‘Coil’ which really gets the heart strings thrumming. There is a multitude of emerging textures to be found on Should Have… from Pourkarimi’s choice of synths and voice, treated electronically into the drifting sound-dunes that come through the speakers. Adults and babies wail their disparate songs into the mist, and deep otherworldly guides announce the setting. A sole guitar appears to jangle out some tones before rising into an emotional wash featuring possibly the only recurring chord progression on here.

Grey, melancholy ambient with just the right amount of colour to counteract it.


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