Album : Morning's Pass EP (Release date: 27th June 2011)
There's little other way of describing Umber's music apart from 'unbelievably beautiful'. (This is Fake DIY)
As an ambient record, umber's debut EP, Morning's Pass, acts as the perfect encapsulation of dawn: from the first change of colour in the night's sky, to the hazy mist of a summer's morning. But as an ambient record, it also delivers an intense atmosphere of emotions: the sedated lullaby of sleepy eyes, the discovery of a new world, and the final triumph of daybreak over darkness.
Umber is the intricate, multi-instrumental world of just one musician, Alex Steward. His life in a sleepy village in the heart of the English countryside, combined with the cocoon-like studio of his bedroom, imbues Morning's Pass with its wonderful dreamlike qualities. The inspiration of several genres can be heard -- post-rock, drone, folk, and of course, ambient -- but Alex resists a reliance on any one of these. Instead, with ease, he adopts their various elements as embellishments, layering acoustic guitar, piano, and electronica to create an ethereal, yet natural-sounding, record.
Morning's Pass resists the cliché of instrumental builds by mirroring the very sensation of the sun rising. Rather than developing in loudness, Alex subtly encourages then winds down the music -- just as dawn signals the arrival of day, but also the gentle recession of the night. As a result, the listener is happily suspended in an intoxicating and immersive experience, hovering in mist-covered horizon normally only witnessed by the early-risers.
File under: ambient, folk, minimalism, post-rock
Label: self-released Format: 100 limited edition, handmade CDs: http://umber.bandcamp.com/
1. Drawing Curtains
2. A Song For Two Seasons
3. Tomorrow We'll Throw Out Some Old Shoes
4. The Day We Left For Earth
5. Spark Mountain
6. Mellow Drizzle
More detail: Press shot: http://bit.ly/umberpressshot (by Martin Kimbell)
Contact: Press: Sophie Green -- The Sound is Not Asleep - firstname.lastname@example.org
thank you Sophie