Umchunga – Should Have Been Done By Now
Deeply affecting Umchunga’s “Should Have Been Done By Now” treats drones as an orchestra. Soaring from great heights like a sky-bound choir the pieces teem with life. Elegant and tasteful Umchunga creates elaborate ornate structures. Tied together by a sense of dreamy otherworldly purpose the textures wrap around like warm blankets trying to stave off a particularly cold night. Attention to detail is important as it is the small moments are those that reverberate most loudly. Kept restrained and refined the songs help to put together a true portrait of a life.
Mere wisps of sound come together on the shadowy “Feint”. Throughout the piece larger worlds are hinted at, glimpses given with a sense of calm serving as the predominate theme. Quite cavernous “Coil” embodies a ghastly gigantic space. Wordless vocals are woven into “Curves” whose usage of field recordings gives off a sense of community. By far the highlight of the album is the expansive ambitious work of “Howl”. Carefully constructed the song blooms so slowly yet extremely satisfying. A celebration of patience the song vibrates with the sound of muted symphonies. Gentle and tender is “Should Have Been Done By Now”. Closing the album is the gradual organ swell of “Fuckin’ Mental”. With each additional minute the piece moves away from its initial soothing atmosphere to empress a deep tragedy.
Showing a new way for drone music, Umchunga’s “Should Have Been Done By Now” shall be revered as a true classic, one displaying sophistication and grace.