Wume, Oakeater, Oriental Rugs | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Wume, Oakeater, Oriental Rugs Free Soundboard

When: Mon., Aug. 8, 9:30 p.m. 2011

Local duo Wume—previously spelled "Wumme," always pronounced "womb"—fill the A side of the new Distance (Rotted Tooth/Catholic Tapes) with a sprawling, lumbering, spellbinding song called "I'm Around Midnight/Too Many Riders" that clocks in at more than 15 minutes. April Camlin (drums, vocals) and Albert Schatz (synths, vocals) play what they call "mutant new age music," using a spaced-out Krautrock vibe to string together episodes of icy minimalism, sweeping grandeur, and freaky psychedelia. Camlin and Schatz pair oozing, slinking sounds with lockstep rhythms, and in their live show, precise execution dovetails with relentless repetition to draw you into the sort of trance where even the subtlest shift in the music feels like a massive sea change. —Leor Galil

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