Space Music: Umberto's 'Alienation'


I've been enjoying the work of LA-based Umberto for quit a while as his music tends to hit that VHS-era synth zone of retro electronic sounds. And certainly, if you love that sonic realm as much as I do, then his many releases and mixes will sooth your inner synth demons.

Now Umberto has a new album out, and it's rather transformative. "Alienation" certainly contains that blessed retro synth DNA, but its tracks plot a course through subtler terrains as well -- hints of soothing ambience in "Elimination" and "Awakenings" and a dark pop sensibility in "White Night." It all adds up to an excellent release that exceeds expectations and provides a wonderful, spaced out soundtrack to your cosmic contemplations. Here's a taste of the darker tracks "Dawn of Mirrors" and "Drifters."

You can pick it up on BandCamp, stream it on Spotify or get it wherever you find you digital hook-up these days. It's out now on Not Not Fun records.

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About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.