December 11, 2015
alternative, dream-pop, indie, post-punk
03.Winter Tale 03:20
05.Ocean Girl 01:54
06.Lama (Robin Guthrie Remix) 03:38
07.Lama (Malcolm Holmes' OMD Remix) 03:33
08.Lama (Lights That Change Remix) 04:37
В мене були плани опублікувати музику UMMAGMA пізніше трішки, аж тут якраз Shauna McLarnon звернулась по цьому питанні, тож не відкладаємо і пропонуємо послухати "Frequency" від україно-канадського проекту UMMAGMA вже зараз. Хоч я не є їхнім фаном, але в соцмережах музиканти доволі активні і завжди щось про них взнаєш нового, хоча цей реліз я якось пропустив повз увагу...
Alongside five original tracks, this album 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.
While Ummagma may have been influenced by the likes of Cocteau Twins, David Sylvian, Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd and Slowdive, they don't immediately wear their influences on their sleeve. They have their own beautiful and unmistakeable sound and lead you on sonic trips and awesome detours, but they ultimately tell a story in an aesthetic that is wonderfully unique, invigorating and somehow loaded with hope.
All songs written by Alexander Kretov and Shauna McLarnon.
Lyrics and vocals by Shauna McLarnon and Alexander Kretov.
Instruments, produced, mixed and mastered at Ummagma Studio by Alexander Kretov.
Artwork and design by Alexander Kretov.
Track 6. Remix, guitar and mastering by Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins).
Track 7. Remix, drum programming and synth by Mal Holmes (OMD).
Track 8. Remix and guitar by Marc Joy (Lights That Change).
UMMAGMA "Frequency" stream
UMMAGMA "Orion" video