UMMAGMA – ” Frequency “

Posted: October 8, 2015 in Classic Albums, MUSIC
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A blend of dreampop, prog rock, post-rock, ethereal, nugaze & post-punk within intense landscapes, gossamer vocals and pulsating beats. This Canadian-Ukrainian duo of Alexx Kretov and Shauna McLarnon began in Moscow as an affair with love and sound and has blossomed across borders.

Ummagma are at the forefront of new shoegaze and dreampop… lifts you gently weightless into orbit, to be suspended in a sea of twinkling synthesizer stars…a first class ticket into hyperspace” – UK producer Fran Ashcroft (Damon Albarn, Lords of Acid) . Alongside five original tracks, this EP features remixes from Cocteau Twins legend Robin Guthrie, Wales’ celebrated Lights That Change, and Malcolm Holmes of Orchestral Maneouvres in the Dark (OMD).

Ummagma consists of Shauna McLarnon, who hails from Canada’s Yukon, and Alexander Kretov, who is from Ukraine. Since bursting onto the music scene in 2012, they have made a significant impact on the underground music scene. Their potent combination of uplifting and melancholic textured dreampop, shoegaze, postpunk, ambient and electronica rapidly gaining them a sizeable international following despite the numerous issues they’ve faced living between Canada and Ukraine.

Frequency’ follows the band’s two debut LPs ‘Antigravity’ and ‘Ummagma’, which they simultaneously released in 2012. This release represents a slight departure from the first two albums, which whisked the listener through the romanticism of first meetings, big love, adventures abroad and optimistic dreaming through to the realities of birth, loss, death and departure. In contrast, ‘Frequency’ explores such themes as space and distance, timelessness, escapism, and the search for tranquility.

Canadian-Ukrainian duo Ummagma have blazed quite a trail for themselves in their short history. They’ve landed press coverage and radio play in more than 50 countries, and have managed to strike an endearing chord with a good number of ‘first wave’ shoegaze and dreampop artists, especially from Creation Records and early 4AD rosters.

All songs written by Alexander Kretov and Shauna McLarnon.
Lyrics and vocals by Shauna McLarnon and Alexander Kretov.

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