Experimental and Prog Night at Paper Sun: Hume, Ami Dang, Wumme
"There are so many people doing and making interesting things," the artist and musician April Camlin told the Baltimore fashion blog Ms. Charm Chic earlier this year—but she might as well have been talking about her music. "The pieces they are making are fleeting and underappreciated, but are still out there in the universe. I hope that makes sense, because it’s hard to define something that has no parameters".
Camlin is still a part of Baltimore's Wham City arts collective, but she recently moved to Chicago, where she and bandmate Albert Schatz play together. Last July, they came through D.C. as Altered States; now they're going as Wumme. They keep things simple and psychedelic: She drums, he plays synths, they both chant.
The duo performs tonight in D.C. with another musician with Baltimore ties,sitarist Ami Dang, as well as D.C.'s Hume. Dang's songs take an incline toward classical Indian music, but she bends her singing and playing with effects pedals, creating an experimental twist to her sound. Some of her songs also take a folkier approach, like her cover of Dolly Parton's haunting "Jolene." Dang will release record this December on Ehse Records.
After nearly a month of touring in August and releasing its EP Penumbra, Hume doesn't seem to be slowing down. The group performed at Sonic Circuits with a vibraphone player and a cellist, and later this month, it'll bring back its Fat Daughter String Quartet, featured on a 2009 release, for Baltimore's Soft Fest, an acoustic-related music festival. In between, the band is working on a new 7-inch, "Inverse Fireworks," due out in December.
The show takes place at Paper Sun, located in the alley off of Monroe Street NW between 11th and 13th streets in Columbia Heights. Music starts around 7 p.m.