Umin Celebrates Hypnotic New Release

Plus, Bummers Eve announce recording projects, UnityFest 2014 helps the homeless and Festival on the Lake showcases local music

Aug 13, 2014 at 9:58 am

Umin, the unique sonic art project by Cincinnati’s Kevin Poole, has returned with a new full-length release, clast. Thursday at Rake’s End (2141 Central Ave., Brighton,, Poole will celebrate the latest addition to his discography with a release show featuring special guests Healing Trapeze and Zijnzijn Zijnzijn, plus Louisville, Ky.’s Cher Von. Showtime for the free event is 9 p.m.

As on previous umin releases, Poole uses a baritone ukulele as a primary instrument, but not in the way one would expect. Along with a mélange of other electronic sounds and samples, the ukulele sounds are chopped and spliced together in new ways, creating mesmerizing instrumental dreamscapes. The end result is an intriguing blend of acoustic and electronic sounds that somehow end up sounding perfectly natural intermingled.

Like the cover art provided by Chicago-based Art Academy of Cincinnati grad William Test, clast (released on the Abandon Building label) resembles a free-floating collage of sounds, the parts of which might seem disparate and occasionally disjointed to some, yet ultimately come off as a unified whole, shape-shifting throughout depending on what angle you look at it/listen to it.

Previous umin releases have featured a variety of guest musicians, but the rich layers and textures of clast were all played/sampled/sequenced by Poole. Along with the ukulele samples, acoustic guitar and offbeat percussion sounds are also blended into the mix. Even without any discernible percussion, most of the tracks have an alluring, fluttering rhythm created by the instruments and electronics that unify the 11 tracks. The end result is a whirlpool of hypnotic sonics, occasionally sounding like an acoustic New Age album sliced up and filtered through a vintage video gaming system. The varying shades of color and moments of abstract quirkiness make it a compelling listen from start to finish.

Umin’s clast can be streamed and purchased (digitally or on CD) at

More Local Notes

• Since playing its first show last Fourth of July, Cincinnati “Fuzz Punk” trio Bummers Eve has been building a fuzzy buzz with regular touring and its now sold-out debut cassette release, Pleasure Isle. The band looks to get busier in the coming months, with another round of touring approaching and several new releases in the works. Bummers Eve is slated to release a full-length album on Brooklyn-based Almost Ready Records, home to recordings by like-minded acts Liquor Store and Natural Child. The group hopes to have recording done for the album by the end of the year, according to drummer Tommy Lee. Before then, Bummers Eve will release a 7-inch through Third Uncle Records and another cassette via Let’s Pretend Records and its music is being used in a forthcoming skate video, Nooks and Crannies, presented by Instrument Skateboards.

Catch Bummers Eve live on Saturday at MOTR Pub (1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, with on-the-rise Indy Punk Raw McCartney. The 10 p.m. show is free. Find more info on Bummers Eve at

• Saturday at the Southgate House Revival (111 E. Sixth St., Newport,, several local musical acts and comedians team up for UnityFest 2014, a fundraiser/awareness-raiser for the homeless support organization, Operation: H.O.P.E. The event kicks off at 5 p.m. and is a “whole house” show, utilizing all three of the Southgate’s performance stages.

Diedrich Jones of popular local Reggae squad The Cliftones will kick things off with a rare acoustic set. After that, the musical performances run the gamut from Rock, Blues and Country to R&B, Hip Hop and Reggae. The lineup features area artists Shoot Out The Lights, Tony Godsey Band, Voodoo Loons, Jim Burns Band, Taylor Shannon, Montage, Peer Presha, SAP Squad, Southside ENT. and B.Soul. Various comedians will perform between sets and there will also be food and other vendors on hand.

Tickets for UnityFest 2014 are available in advance of the show through for $22. Admission is $25 at the door on the day of the show.

• Alexandria, Ky.’s A.J. Jolly Park will unveil its new Joseph J. Stapleton Pavilion at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The pavilion and surrounding park will then play host to Festival on the Lake, an all-day music and wine event that features numerous Cincinnati-area musical performers. Music gets rolling at 10:30 a.m. with Ted Williams and the Campbell County Community Band, who will be followed by Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Shuffle, Kelly Thomas, Zac Rowe and Randy Steffen, Beginnings, Straw Boss, Borderline, Mudpies, The Core, Marty Connor Band, Sticky Honey, Lift the Medium, 4th Day Echo, Freekbass & the Bump Assembly, Muleshine and Naked Truth, which closes the day out with its 10 p.m. performance.

There will also be a variety of activities throughout the day to show off the park, including a 5K and 10K race at 7 a.m. For info on the park and the fest, visit

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