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UMA, are an experimental avant-garde, electronic pop duo from Berlin. Mixing deep electronic rhythms & bass sounds with hauntingly beautiful choir like vocal chants.
“O child, do not practice austerities!”
UMA are a new and amazing experimental avant-garde, electronic pop duo. Based in Berlin, Ella and Florian (Flo) Zwietnig, are husband and wife no less, having met in a bar, fell in love and got married, they decided to put their musical minds together. Their aim, ‘to sonically and lyrically capture the most elusive everyday moments’.
Their stunning three track vinyl debut dwells between melodic sound-tinkering avant-garde and soothing catchiness. Mixing deep electronic rhythms and bass sounds with the hauntingly beautiful choir like vocal chants of Ella.
Written in Berlin and Los Angeles, it features notable guest musicians, the legendary, Silver Apples and acclaimed Japanese field recording artist, Yosi Horikawa.
Forming UMA in late 2011, Ella and Flo locked themselves in the studio and started working on their ‚’sound’. Recording these sessions with an array of vintage equipment and modern production tools, this was an intense experience for them, in terms of, not only being married, but both having quite strong views and personalities when it comes to creative expression, which could have been very challenging. However both were delighted with the results and just how natural and organic the process had actually been.
Late 2011, also saw Ella invited to take part as a student at the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) in Madrid, Spain, a once in a lifetime opportunity that coincided with yet another amazing opportunity, to play their first live show with the legendary Silver Apples. An experience, that, to their great surprise, not only saw Simeon (Silver Apples) becoming an instant fan, but his agreeing to feature on Drop Your Soul.
Ella grew up in the middle of nowhere, spending her early life studying classical music and singing in choirs. When she eventually ventured into the city, she found herself drawn into the thriving DIY and electronic music scene and began to eagerly explore. Flo grew up in suburbia and taught himself to play guitar, learning by covering rock bands. The mid 90’s saw him buy a computer, which started a life long obsession with producing and recording music. Their collective influences span classical to Throbbing Gristle, by way of Bjork, Laurie Anderson, Bowie, Beck and Animal Collective, to name but a few.