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Wume, Ono, Champagne Mirrors 

When: Sat., Nov. 14, 9 p.m. 2015
Price: $10
Baltimore City Paper named synth-and-drum duo Wume “Best Band” in September’s Best of Baltimore issue, but it doesn’t feel like much time has passed since we were able to lay claim to the experimental-pop group. Formed in Chicago in 2010, Wume (previously spelled “Wumme”) moved to Baltimore three years later—and the change in location bleeds into the band’s second album, May’s Maintain (Ehse). Synth player Al Schatz, who tours with Dan Deacon as his sound engineer, has broadened his palette to include a few sounds that feel like they’ve leaped over from the electronic wizard’s sweeping orchestral works. As they did with 2011’s Distance, Wume drive at hypnosis through Krautrock, a single-minded approach that fortunately doesn’t restrict them from floating off into different dimensions. Drummer-vocalist April Camlin speeds up her motorik pace on “Voyager” till she’s knocking out blastbeats; on “Ostinaut” Schatz blurs cinematic synths that could have soundtracked the underwater levels of Super Mario 64; and on “Gold Leaf” the band lay out a gentle, mesmerizing loop that sounds like it could either be a choir humming or a synth patch. I haven’t spent much time trying to deduce the source of the sounds on “Gold Leaf” because the song’s gentle ascent effectively pulls me under its spell nearly every time I listen to it.
— Leor Galil

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