Ohmme Share “Water” From Debut Album, Parts, Out August 24th Via Joyful Noise Recordings

Ohmme (aka the duo of multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriters Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart) amalgamate the aggressive and the meditative on their bold debut album, Parts, out August 24th via Joyful Noise Recordings. Following the release of lead single, “Icon,” they now share “Water” via Brooklyn VeganCunningham and Stewart remark, “We visualized the song as a grade-school science experiment— throwing oil and water and sand into a glass together and watching those elements separate out and swirl past each other. It’s a fun challenge to keep your head and voice light and easy while your arms are working away at this aggressive guitar rhythm.” Cunningham and Stewart share a special 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 parameters for ourselves that were both new and uncomfortable to force ourselves 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 croon complements Stewart’s higher-register coo, all underpinned by the restrained yet inventive polyrhythmic percussion of drummer Matt Carroll. Enlisting fellow Chicago cohorts Doug McCombs, Ken Vandermark and cellist Tomeka Reid, Ohmme recorded and self-produced Parts from Cunningham’s Logan Square home studio, Fox Hall.

Still in their 20s, Cunningham and Stewart are established performers in the Chicago scene. They’re constant collaborators and have recorded and toured with acts as varied as Tweedy,Whitney, Chance The Rapper and Twin Peaks.

Listen to Ohmme’s “Water” –


Watch Ohmme’s “Icon” video –

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Ohmme Tour Dates:
Sat. Aug. 11 – Milwaukee, WI – Catalano Park
Fri. Aug. 17 – New York, NY – Bryant Park
Sat. Aug. 25 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
Sun. Aug. 26 – Detroit, MI – Deluxe Fluxx
Mon. Aug. 27 – Toronto, ON – The Monarch
Tue. Aug. 28 – Montreal, Que – Casa Del Popolo
Wed. Aug. 29 – Burlington, VER – Arts Riot
Thu. Aug. 30 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
Fri. Aug. 31 – Portsmouth, NH – 3S
Sat. Sep. 1 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
Sun. Sep. 2 – Washington, DC – Blackcat Backstage
Mon. Sep. 3 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
Wed. Sep. 5 – Birmingham, AL – Firehouse
Thu. Sep. 6 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
Fri. Sep. 7 – Austin, TX – Mohawk (Inside Stage)
Sat. Sep. 8 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
Mon. Sep. 10 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
Tue. Sep. 11 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Wed. Sep. 12 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop
Fri. Sep. 14 – Portland, OR – Kelly’s Olympian
Sat. Sep. 15 – Vancover, CA – Westward Fest
Sun. Sep. 16 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
Mon. Sep. 17 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
Tue. Sep. 18 – Salt Lake City, ID – Kilby Court
Wed. Sep. 19 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
Fri. Sep. 21 – Lincoln, NE – Lincoln Calling
Sat. Sep. 22 – Grinnel, IA – Gardner Lounge
Sun. Sep. 23 – Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club
Tue. Sep. 25 – Mikwaukee, WI – Cactus Club
Wed. Sep. 26 – St. Louis – The Monocle
Thu. Sep. 27 – Indianapolis, IN – State Street Pub
Fri. Sep. 28 – Knoxville, TN – The Pilot Light
Sat. Sep. 29 – Asheville, NC – Mothlight
Sun. Sep. 30 – Durham, NC – The Pinhook
Mon. Oct. 1 – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery
Thu. Oct. 4 – Gambier, OH – Horn Gallery

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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