Release: 13 November 2015
Ummagma to release ‘Frequency’ EP, involving members of Cocteau Twins, OMD, Lights That Change
“Back in 2013, Dani Charlton crowned them the winners of the Alternative Eurovision. A really nice breathy bit of electronic postrock dreampop postrock and a bit of shoegaze in there as well. Definitely a lot of reverb. Loving that – well up my street” – Shell Zenner, Amazing Radio
“I love the sound, the emotion, the clean cool space. If Underworld or Chemical Bros did Lama, it would be proclaimed an instant classic” – A.R. Kane
“This is really very cosmic music. Made of stardust. I particularly like Ummagma, whose magical sounds will touch you or you have no heart!” – Joe Foster (Creation Records)
“Ummagma are at the forefront of new shoegaze and dreampop… lifts you gently weightless into orbit, suspended in a sea of twinkling synthesizer stars…a first class ticket into hyperspace” – UK producer Fran Ashcroft (Damon Albarn, Lords of Acid)
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, including Rolling Stone Russia, and have managed to strike an endearing chord with a good number of ‘first wave’ shoegaze and dreampop artists, particularly from Creation Records and early 4AD rosters.
“Ummagma have something very special about them that you don’t find in many bands, that is an honest, believable & beautiful lyric delivered by an honest, believable & beautiful voice,” says Malcolm Holmes ofOMD. “When you combine this with the swirling ambience of lush layered guitars, this duo end up with their own unique sonic landscape.”
“This new release feels like a farewell kiss to a dear friend while, at the same time, embracing new horizons. Our music always reflects what is happening in our lives and, as we have left Ukraine for Canada because of the war happening there, this also means new beginnings. Now we are searching for new grounding, and still questioning everything we’ve just been through in the past few years. This comes out in this music. There is light here – now we must grow it and spread it,” explains Ummagma vocalist Shauna McLarnon.
“This is a really brilliant post-rocky shoegazey woozy ambient thing. It’s absolutely beautiful” – Dani Charlton, Amazing Radio
“Ummagma’s music is very powerful, very dreamy – right on the mark. This led us to work together on their collaboration with Sounds of Sputnik. Very cool this new EP. The calibre of the producers they’re working with here is a definite mark of approval” – Graham Bonnar (Swervedriver, Brian Jonestown Massacre)
“Although all due heed is paid to the original, you’ll find all the hallmarks of the 80s synth pioneers in the OMD remix. At its heart are the subtle throb of the sequenced synthesiser and the smack of electronic drums, sounding so authentic you’d swear Holmes had made it on the same gear such classics as ‘Souvenier’ and ‘Enola Gay’ were forged on” – Electronic Sound Magazine
Mal Holmes’ OMD Remix http://ummagma.bandcamp.com/track/lama-malcolm-holmes-omd-remix