MONICA UHM: Six Years to ZanzibarThe sound and style of Monica Uhm can be considered something akin to urban-philosophical folk/pop. She grew up with the blaring iconoclasm of American pop culture that includes Sesame Street, Kraft Mac&Cheese, McDonald's, and the stereotypical marks of suburbia. Just as the predecessors in classic folk songwriting struggle with identity and defining the experience of evolving humanity through the stories that evoke a melancholic plain in the deepest widest expanses of middle-America, she writes through her own unique poetry of the emotional landscape of coming of age and finding identity in more ephemeral places. The songs have a quirky yet soulful touch in its portrayal of this perpetual quest and excavation of that place and identity called the soul.
She has been writing and performing in all corners of the downtown music scene in New York City, having started out in open mic nights in the darkest, dankest but dearest of bars in the city. She travels often and is propelled by the unknown and quizzical in the never ending research on humanity. She spent three months in Zanzibar and has written some of her most sensitive and edgy material to date, which will be included in her sophomore album expected to be released at the end of the summer. Her favorite past times include trying to keep up with convoluted conversations of the hyper-intelligent, finding the ultimate pancakes/burgers/tiramisu/cafes around New York city and anywhere else in the world, getting lost in the mountains and valleys (literally) with the world on her back, and daydreaming.
She's a bit of an elusive character, but only because she won't admit to having figured anything out in life and therefore wears the nebulosity on her sleeve almost with accidental pride. So, without further ado, heeeeerrrreeee's monica!
Check her out at www.monicauhm.com.
Check out the artist's website:
1. On the Road
3. My Life Is Beautiful
7. A Song For My Cowboy
8. Anthem (good Fight)
9. I'll Get There