REVIEW: UMI delivers bedroom R&B perfection with fourth project

first_imgUMI shares the details of her artistic exploration of the human condition in a 15-minute YouTube video titled “Introspection [The Film].” In it, she thoughtfully notes, “I’m the main character in my own story but a background character in other people’s,” and proceeds to feature each track through the eyes of different “main characters” at the same house party. “I call it introspection.”  Since the 2017 release of her first single, “Happy Again,” USC alumna and self-described bedroom R&B artist UMI, born Tierra Umi Wilson, rose to popularity as a genre-bending pioneer of lo-fi electronics and R&B. With multiple hit singles, including “Remember Me,” UMI establishes herself as more than just a vocal artist, pairing her unique sonic style with aesthetically imaginative, often self-directed video visualizers on her YouTube channel. Over the past few years, she’s garnered a following of more than 3 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Her fourth EP, “Introspection,” becomes another masterpiece to add to her growing discography. Vulnerable and intricate, yet smooth and ambient, the six-song record allows listeners to peek into the candid inner workings of her mind in all its complexity, contemplation, hope and self-doubt.   (Photo from @whoisumi via Instagram) UMI created a 15-minute YouTube video to accompany her fourth EP, “Introspection,” where she shares her creative process for the six-song track.  Complete with a dark, smoky video visualizer, the EP’s title and opening track “Introspection” speaks to UMI’s fear of fully exposing her inner self and the resulting sense of detachment in her relationships. Echoing, distorted vocals and heavy, hazy synths pair seamlessly with lyrics such as “Wish the thoughts would go away / floatin’ farther away” and “Your pretty curls hide your pretty pearls” that might reflect a deeper frustration of putting up a facade for people who may never fully understand her thoughts. “Introspection” is a strong opening to the EP; its explicit vulnerability and somber, captivating melody is custom-made to be the socially anxious overthinker’s anthem. On the other hand, “Pretty Girl hi!” taps into a lighter, floating synth and conveys the feeling of giddy hope when falling in love. While addressing a similar theme as “Love Affair” from her third EP “Love Language,” UMI’s intentions have clearly evolved, as she now pays closer attention to the little details of love rather than the mission of achieving it. As she excitedly lists out hopes for her future with this lover, the bubbly optimism to “Dance in just our baggy jeans” is sure to put a familiar fluttering in any listener’s stomach.  While maintaining a slow, weighty sound, UMI strays from regret and declares freedom in “Where I Wander.” Over a relaxed, echoed synth and bass-heavy beat, her siren-like vocals call her to set herself free from a toxic relationship: “No need to keep fighting what you’re dealt … You were given options where to sail.” While dealing with more serious themes, this song’s energy is relatively low and difficult to catch onto compared to the previous two tracks. A gifted artist in multiple respects, UMI proves through “Introspection” that she can deliver more than notable singles. Her relatable and humanizing self-reflection — paired with an impressive artistic intuition for cohesion, filmmaking, instrumentals and lyrics — undoubtedly shine through on this release, making a perfect late-night R&B soundtrack and captivatingly provocative film. “Introspection” is not only a fantastic listen but also an impressive career landmark of a noteworthy artist that listeners everywhere should keep their eye on. Similar musical and lyrical themes are found throughout the record. With smooth, glassy vocals and cool, dense acoustic riffs, the next track, “Open Up,” addresses a melancholy farewell and apology to a romantic relationship damaged by her emotional guardedness. UMI’s ethereal, angelic vocals through the second verse are exceptionally electrifying in this gorgeously landscaped song.  Meanwhile, the second half of the EP transitions into lighter, more hopeful themes. The fourth track, “Bet,” is a dramatic shift in tone as UMI boldly cuts ties with a destructive, one-sided romantic relationship. Carrying a similar tone as her 2017 single “FRIENDZONE,” UMI swaps her typical muted electronic synths for a more traditional R&B sound as she calls her ex-partner out for their dishonesty, failure to commit and “clown shit,” making for a brutally spectacular breakup anthem. The final track, “Broken Bottle,” ultimately showcases UMI’s reflection on and acceptance of both her and her partner’s shortcomings in a failed relationship. With soft piano themes and rapid, celestial synth scales, it might be one of the most expertly crafted instrumentals in the entire EP. Lyrically, it delivers a resolution of forgiveness for all “broken bottles” that had been created in the relationship. As she admits, “Crazy I was a mess / Crazy you were so hollow” and “I did not get to say, to you / That I did have somethin’ to say / Forgive you’re from the ways, my dude.” With these lines, UMI suggests that perhaps the true ability to release emotional trauma stems from absolution and self-reflection.last_img read more

Local flights increase to Suriname – Trans Guyana

first_imgTrans Guyana Airways has seen an increase in the number of flights heading to Suriname after the ferry service which usually plies this route has been temporarily suspended. The company’s Director of Operations, Bale King, told a media conference on Friday that while an increase has been noticed, the demand for trips to the neighbouring country has not sky-rocketed to the point where it triggered additional flights.He was keen to note that many persons have been using the “back track” system into the country, since the services of the Canawaima Ferry encountered mechanical issues and was grounded.On May 27, services of the ferry were officially suspended, preventing it from plying the Moleson Creek, Guyana – Nickerie, Suriname route.Last week, Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson told Guyana Times that the jointly owned vessel was scheduled to undergo repairs by Surinamese, but although they promised to have it up and running in two months, the boat is still inoperable, leaving persons to use an alternative route, which some say are not safe.He confirmed that services are yet to be resumed as no alternative is in place.Patterson in a previous interview told this publication that the vessel was being powered by a tug for some time now which has encountered some issues.A few days later, it was announced that the <<>> was re-routed to provide services between Guyana and Suriname. This vessel operated from May 31 to June 2, 2019, to facilitate the return of stranded passengers on both sides.More recently, the Government signalled its intent to operate its own ferry service to ply this route.With travel being cut via water transport between the two countries, the need for an alternative, such as a bridge linking the two countries, has come up once again.In fact, the subject Minister recently revealed that talks between the two countries in this regard are active.Patterson explained that the technical aspect of the project is currently being discussed while details are yet to be sorted out with regards to the project’s “foreign affairs” aspect.The bridge had been in the works for a number of years under the PPP/C Administration, with both countries looking to capitalise on the current brisk trade expected to increase many folds when the structure becomes operational.The bridge, according to the Minister, will have a similar arrangement as the Guyana-Suriname Ferry in that it is jointly owned. This, he explained, would, therefore, mean that the project will pass through several stages before it can be completed.As a result, he was unable to say when a contract will be inked to allow these works to commence. There are reports that the bridge is likely to be erected at Moleson Creek or Orealla.last_img read more

De Gea latest – Real Madrid are ‘well down the line’ to signing Man United star

first_imgDavid De Gea’s move to Real Madrid is ‘well down the line’, according to talkSPORT’s Spanish football expert Graham Hunter.The Manchester United goalkeeper has been linked with a big-money move to the Bernabeu in the summer, following a stellar season with the Red Devils.And Hunter told Alan Brazil and Ray Parlour: “I think Real Madrid are well down the line. Things happen in football behind the back of clubs and agents.“There is no doubt deals get done in principle over cups of coffee and glasses of beer. David De Gea has long since taken the decision it is time to come home.”You can listen to Graham Hunter’s interview with the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show above and leave your comments below…last_img

Ancient History talks in Brisbane

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As part of the University of Queensland Research Seminars and Public Events in the first semester of 2014, the seminar Democratic Warmaking in Ancient Athens and Today will be given by Dr David M. Pritchard.Dr David Pritchard is a senior lecturer in Greek History at the University of Queensland, where he teaches courses on the democracy, culture, society and sporting pursuits of classical Athens, on classical Attic Greek and on the uses of documentary evidence for Greek and Roman history. He has authored Sport, Democracy and War in Classical Athens, edited War, Democracy and Culture in Classical Athens and co-edited Sport and Festival in the Ancient Greek World.Each seminar is followed by a wine reception. When: Friday 11 April at 3.30 pm Where: Room E212 of the Forgan Smith Building (building no. 1) on the St Lucia campus, University of Queensland For questions about this program and more information, contact Dr David M. Pritchard on (07)3365 3338 or via email d.pritchard@uq.edu.aulast_img read more