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I have listened to Fantasize Your Ghost countless times since I got a hold of it. The word that always pops into my mind is filthy. Sima Cunningham and Macie Steware are classically trained but refuse to be hemmed in by any construct. They are relentlessly ambitious in their music but it always comes across as human and authentic.

I dug their debut, Parts, but this is a lovely leap forward. It’s almost as if that after a year of touring around playing Parts; they were like, “Fuck, we’re pretty good at this music stuff. Let’s kick it up notch.” The second track, Selling Candy, is just stupid good. They laid this art-pop tune on top of a scuzzy blues garage tune. They guitars are riffs you’ve probably heard a million times before but they just turn the whole thing on its end. Simply brilliant stuff. 3 2 4 3 builds of an entrancing Cosmic Americana riff that reminds me of Steve Gunn. The second half sees the tune slowly lose its shit, almost as if you’ve fallen into a hole that goes on forever.

I love the music these ladies make. Their talent, imagination and execution knows no boundaries.

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Ohmme, the Chicago duo of Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart are back with the follow-up to 2018’s excellent debut, Parts. The first track, 3 2 4 3, is a winner. Fantasize Your Ghost will see the light of day on 6/5 via the fine folks at Joyful Noise Recordings Really excited about this one. Here’s some info from the PR team

“3 2 4 3” tackles the terrifying realization of needing to make a change. The song opens with the two singing in transfixing harmony, “Looked in the mirror the other day / Caught my reflection / My mouth had moved a different way / The muscles were straining.” Their deft scene-setting and the way their disparate voices blend together heightens the song’s inherent anxiety. Its accompanying video, filmed in Mexico City and directed by Alejandra Villalba García, features the pair.

“Sima and Macie explained to me that the song was about seeing the landscape/neighborhood change in front of your eyes even though you don’t want it to change,” says García. “I thought that the first half of the video should be about them staying still trying to resist change as the scenery around them changes quickly. The tall dark figure represents change and how it keeps getting closer to them until there’s no escape. When they fight with another version of themselves, the newer versions are the ones that win because they embrace change.”

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Ohmme – Parts (album review)

by Woody on August 21, 2018

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Be The Cowboy by Mitski has been getting loads of well-deserved coverage. One of the major reasons why that album has resonated with me is that it pushes me out of my comfort zone a bit and challenges me. The Chicago duo of Macie Stewart and Sima Cunningham, otherwise known as Ohmme, have done the same way with their debut LP, Parts.

While this may be their debut, Stewart and Cunningham are entrenched in the Chicago scene. The talented duo of classically trained musicians have created a wildly creative and varied album. As Cunningham put it, “The band started because we knew we could sing well together and we wanted to make some noise with the guitar,”

At every turn, they seem to be pushing the envelope. And at every turn, they seem to be up to challenge. Icon opens the album up, sounding like Lucius covering old Dirty Projectors tunes. I don’t even know how to describe Water. If you described this tune to me, I’d probably have said no thanks. Yet, I can’t stop humming that punchy guitar lick. Peach is just brilliant, 3 minutes of off-kilter arty noise-pop. Towards the back-end, Left Handed is one of the more straight-ahead tunes on the album, which belies the message of the tune, individuality.

The initial allure of Ohmme are their lovely harmonies. And while those are lovely, it is their vision and execution that makes them one of the most exciting young bands around right now.

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Ohmme announce debut LP, Parts, for 8/24

by Woody on June 22, 2018

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Ohmme, the duo of Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart are following up on the heels of their excellent EP with their debut LP, Parts, out August 24th via the fine folks at Joyful Noise Recordings.

Cunningham and Stewart are multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriters with a penchant for two instruments in particular. “The band started because we knew we could sing well together and we wanted to make some noise with the guitar,” says Cunningham. Stewart elaborates, “Sima and I are both trained classical pianists and we know many of the sonic spaces keyboards have to offer. Since we were interested in experimenting and creating something different from what we had both done in the past, we chose guitar as our outlet for this band. We wanted to create both new and uncomfortable parameters for ourselves to force us into a different creative space.” These guitar-heavy experiments are sometimes earthy and resounding, at other times shimmering and buzzing—swirling around the duo’s expertly crafted vocals while creating a chaotic bed of harmony. Cunningham’s smoky alto complements Stewart’s higher-register croon, all underpinned by the restrained yet highly inventive polyrhythmic percussion of drummer Matt Carroll.

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OHMME announce the re-release of debut EP for 6/30

May 25, 2017

Photo by by Sarah Hess OHMME is the combined talents of Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart. While I’m not familiar with Cunningham’s work, Stewart was with Kids These Days and more recently released the debut LP for Marrow, a band that I quickly became enamored with. The debut EP came out last year but is […]

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