【review/rate】umru / search result ep

released 2018, pc music.

umru (of recent Charli XCX production credit fame) debuts with an apocalyptic future pop experience that draws its influence from the tinny space-age production and engineering wizardry of contemporaries SOPHIE and Arca.

While there’s not a whole lot here (four full tracks sandwiched between instrumental intro/outro tracks that come to a time of less than 20 minutes), what we do get out of “search result” is a storming declaration of presence that everyone interested in modern electronic music should take notice of. Keep umru on your radar!

“Chemistry” is the perfect amalgamation of left-field production and classic pop with a robotic, yet show stopping vocal performance by Lewis Grant. Banoffee joins the fun on the stellar “Heat Death”, a slow burn that weaves its way into your head and plants itself comfortably.

“Popular” sounds as if it’s an anthem for the self-aware Instagram celebrity in the year 2060, while “Sticky” moved at such a glacial pace I can’t say I even bothered to listen to it again for a better impression. It’s the only track that holds “search result” from being a true masterpiece for me, but one mediocre track doesn’t ruin the entire experience, especially when it’s all so cohesive and thematic.

  1. Recurse (N/A)
  2. Popular ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. Sticky ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. Chemistry ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. Heat Death ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. Linkrot (N/A)
  • Must-Listen : Chemistry, Heat Death, Popular
  • Skip : Sticky (you can honestly take Recurse and Linkrot out of your library as well if you don’t intend on coming back to this as they work in the album but aren’t very interesting as standalone listens.)
  • Stream “search engine” on Apple Music and Spotify.
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