Ural Umbo Discography
Following their mystical, dark and haunting self titled debut album on Utech Records (home of Aluk Todolo, Horseback, Final, Skullflower, Runhild Gammelsaeter, James Plotkin...), Ural Umbo return with their follow-up release, an even more dense, forward-thinking, nebulous post doom record. Ural Umbo cannot conceal their love for the modern forms of Doom and Black Metal. Still, they are far away from just adding another part to the Experimental Metal or Drone Doom catalogue. They rather focus on film score-ish compositions, bizzare atmospheres and haunting melodies coming from somewhere beyond, plus they use a broad spectrum of instruments instead of limiting themselves to downtuned metal guitars or sluggish drums.
As the name Fog Tapes implies, the basic tracks were recorded directely to analog tapes. In a second step they enriched the raw material with layers of filigree percussion from bowed cymbals, wind chimes, glockenspiel and the like. This resulted in an organic and hypnotic mixture of lurking electro-acoustics, atmospheric black metal approaches, epic drones, slowly evolving melodies, doom mantras and an overall psychedelic atmosphere. Sometimes it sounds like a poltergeist tapping and scraping in the speakers. But even when Fog Tapes is monolithical in its nature, the overall sound is surprisingly fresh and suffused with light.
Bass guitar, strings, organ, synthesizer, horns, kalimba, percussion, drums, tapes, electronics, edits
Drums, percussion, electronics, tapes, edits
Recorded 2009-2010 in Bern and Chicago. Mixed & mastered by Reto Mäder at Hinterzimmer Bern in 2010. Cut by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service. Cover and poster insert photographies by Rik Garrett. 8 Tracks, 43:39.
Reto Mäder works solo as RM74 and also in the groups Sum Of R and Pendulum Nisum. In 2006 he collaborated with Ralf Wehowsky/RLW for the Crouton release Pirouetten. He produced albums for Rhys Chatham (The Bern Project, 2009) and for Herpes Ö DeLuxe (Kielholen, 2007). Since 2006 Reto Mäder runs the label Hinterzimmer Records together with Roger Ziegler.
Steven Hess performs with Haptic, On, Cleared, Locrian as well as solo. He collaborated with the likes of Stefan Németh, Pan American, Christian Fennesz, Robert Hampson, Helge Sten, Martin Seiwert, Greg Davis, Machinefabriek, Jon Mueller and appeared on recordings by Dropp Ensemble, David Daniell + Douglas McCombs, Male, Sylvain Chauveau and Fessenden to name a few.