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Phantoms

UmeAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Hailing from Austin, Texas, Ume is Lauren Larson (Vocals, Guitar), Eric Larson (Bass), and Aaron Perez (Drums). The trio’s music is one of beautiful juxtapositions: the loud and soft, the aggressive and eerie, buoyant melodies bursting through wall-of-noise dissonance. Ume explores the artier, heavier side of indie rock, post-punk, and alternative rock and have already garnered the ... Read more in Amazon's Ume Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 29, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Modern Outsider
  • ASIN: B005BUA1C6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,144 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7. Pretend Again
8. Hurricane, Pt. 2
9. Dancing Blind
10. The Task

Editorial Reviews

An exhilarating head-on collision of front-woman Lauren Larson's blistering guitar shredding with impeccable pop songcraft and driving, feedback-filled jams, Austin-based power trio Ume's
anticipated sophomore LP, Phantoms, will be released August 30 on Modern Outsider Records.

Recalling a time when the band and kids in the crowd weren't afraid to sweat, the album marries
the heavier and more distorted side of indie rock with visceral passion and pop hooks, further proving why Rolling Stonenamed the female-driven trio one of the nation's best unsigned bands before Modern Outsider quickly snatched them up earlier this year. Ume's busy touring schedule and forthcoming Phantoms builds off the momentum sparked by their Sunshower EP (self-released
in 2009), and their recent CMJ and SXSW performances (the explosive trio was hand-picked by Village Voice to support Wu-Tang and Wild Flag at this year's SXSW). Self-produced by the band, the 10-track album was recorded in various Austin studios, living rooms, and closets with mixing provided by Jason Livermore at Bill Stevenson's (Black Flag, Descendents) The Blasting Room.
Resuscitating the grittier and seductive sides of indie rock, the new LP, driven by Lauren's expressive, idiosyncratic axe-wielding and beguiling voice, explores the expanse between Black Sabbath's riffage and Blonde Redhead's allure.

The band, described by Brooklyn Vegan as 'poppy and surprisingly
heavy, powerful and charming,' still embraces contradiction, but Phantoms is emboldened most of all by Ume's newly honed melodic songcraft -- it's hard to get these songs out of your head. The threesome still unleashes the unbridled passion that sets them apart from the bored-slacker-bandwagon but this LP also finds them exploring new sonic territory, adding dramatic orchestral textures through synths and complex vocal harmonies, as well as intimate moments of restraint and lyrical tension.

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4.0 out of 5 stars I loved this album September 10, 2011
Format:MP3 Music
I first heard of Ume while looking for through the Austin Chronicle for what bands were playing for a weekend. Saw them opening for one of my local favorites and then I looked them up. I haven't gotten to see this band live yet, though I have tickets for an early October show. But their live shows are well known for the precision and energy, and I've watched their youtube clips which are amazing. So I got their Sunshower EP, which was awesome and captured that energy. I highly recommend it. I was really stoked to hear they had a full length album coming out, and it too, is very well done. Currently my favorite tracks are "The Push", "Rubicon", and "Hurricane II". Anyone who is a fan of indie neo-grunge should definitely check this band out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ume! January 19, 2013
By Mr. B
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
What, you haven't heard of Ume? Surely you have if you're here reading these reviews. They're a great band, and yes you want this album!
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4.0 out of 5 stars UME Phantoms Album March 21, 2013
Format:Audio CD
This album is a very strong follow-up to their EP Sunshower. I have seen this band live twice so far, both times in the Dallas, TX area and let me tell you that they put on a very energetic live show. The album captures their raw energy but leaves you wanting more.

I hope they do something even more experimental on their next album like Sonic Youth did on Daydream Nation.

Rock on UME, Rock on!
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok, but you've got to see them live... December 4, 2012
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I saw Ume open for Helmet and The Toadies in Charlotte not having ever heard of the band before. I missed the very beginning of their set, but everything I saw was really fantastic. So much energy and obvious passion on stage; I loved it! I bought this album using Amazon mp3 the next morning to listen to at work, and I just couldn't find that same emotion. I've since listened to it several times - while there's really nothing that I dislike ("The Task" is my least favorite song), there's also nothing that really stands out for me. It's a solid record, fantastic for background music if you're studying or working, but it's rarely something that I just *have* to hear.

Mostly, when listening to this, I just want to see the band live again to verify that they were as much fun as I remember. I purchased the Sunshower EP a few minutes ago. I'm enjoying that a bit better (specifically, "The Conductor"), but it does leave me wondering if it's just the kind of band that doesn't translate very well from stage to stereo. So while the record lacks some of the punch of the live show, it's still a really good album that I've enjoyed repeatedly. I sure do hope they come back through town again tho.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Phantoms June 16, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I was introduced to UME in early June by my son, and now I'm a big fan of the group. They have a unique progressive sound. Already labeled as "Indie Rock", I would say more like retro-alternative. Either way, their newest cd Phantoms is definately their best work. Every song rocks and highly recommend you buy it soon.
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