Russia’s Sounds of Sputnik is releasing their single ‘Light Scheme (Fran Ashcroft Remix)’ from their debut LP ‘New Born’ feat. Ummagma, which also gets a re-release in early May through hallmark U.S. shoegaze label Moon Sounds Records. UK producer Fran Ashcroft, widely known for his work in the psych rock scene, has also worked with Damon Albarn (Blur) and Lords of Acid. The single comes with a smashing new video, produced and directed by Latvia/UK experimental filmmaker Dariy Karyakin and featuring actors Nadine Andreeva and Egon Skakun.
Dariy Karyakin has previously produced for David Lynch pet faveNocturne Blue, has been praised by 6-time Emmy Winner Dutch Rall, and recently joined former Underworld consultant Yannick Joubert as part of the international Krinum Art and Design team. He is devoted to making music videos and short films, for which he has earned various awards and honours.
The ‘New Born’ LP presents a palette of ethereal guitar, powerful drums, lush bass, and clever guitars, topped off with gossamer female vocals. Sounds of Sputnik paired up with Canadian-Ukrainian dreampop duo Ummagma to co-write, produce, and record this album. Ummagma’s Shauna McLarnon and Alexx Kretov also both contribute stunning vocals.
Rooted in a shared love of melodic dream pop, post-rock and shoegaze, both Sounds of Sputnik and Ummagma bring their own influences from Lush, Curve, Cocteau Twins and My Bloody Valentine, together with Hammock, Jesus & Mary Chain and The Twilight Sad to create briliant “dream noise”.
“The lyrics are about the crappy situation we’ve gotten ourselves into as a society – and for us as individuals too, and a hopeful way out of this,” explains Shauna McLarnon of Ummagma. “This song could have remained a YouTube instrumental non-sensation forever if it weren’t for the addition of lyrics and vocals, but I did have in mind that optimism of years past when we really believed we were moving forward. We were clearly on the same wavelength,” says Roman Kalitkin of Sounds of Sputnik.
‘New Born’ http://youtu.be/D7QxWCG82VY
“A kaleidoscope of reverb-soaked guitar, intricate drums, heavy bass and distorted guitars intertwined with ethereal vocals” – Louder Than War
“A musical masterpiece!… a musical match made in heaven… A must-have album for anyone who adores everything good about the Electronic, Post Rock, Dreampop & Shoegazing genres” – Primal Music Blog
“Transcends physical and political boundaries to make sonic nu-dreamscapes” – Impose Magazine
“A sonic feast that might come from a collaboration between say Slowdive and the Cocteau Twins” – Canadian Music Blog
“A perfect match of pristine vocals with the alternative rock stylings of Swervedriver. Graham Bonnar’s drumming is unmistakeable here” –Stereo Embers Magazine
“A lush, dreamy backing of guitars, moody piano, and distant drum work that creates a sense of grandiosity” – Sounds Better With Reverb
“A quite satisfying clash of genres without just sticking to one simple direction. There’s something in there for every fan of shoegaze as well as for those of you who love the enigmatic work of M83” – Nothing But Hope and Passion
“A stunner, it sounds so full, with some incredible vocals from Shauna McLarnon of Ummagma. It’s such a unique sound I’m not sure I can even classify it as shoegaze” – The Revue
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