Ummagma ‘Lama’ LP [Emerald & Doreen Recordings]
For lovers of Stereolab, Everything But The Girl, Curve, Lush, Cocteau Twins
Indie dreampop shoegaze crossover artists Ummagma celebrate their ethereal Stereolab-MBV-spirited uber-song ‘Lama’ by releasing it, along with a package of eclectic remixes, on Emerald & Doreen Recordings. This LP features an international roster of producers and artists, most of whom are not directly connected with genres like indie, noise rock or dreampop. Apart from their own roots in Canada and Ukraine, this Ummagma LP represents a creative gathering ground for remixers from Italy, Sweden, Germany, Brazil and Russia - each contributing his own wavelength and energy to create a new version of ‘Lama’.
The outcome shows that beauty is found in diversity. Italy’s original electro new wave pioneer Alexander Robotnick sways with a spaced out, chilled dream pop version. Irregular Disco Workers add some severe 80s mood and 90s acid feel. Copycat fuses a Moroder-esque synth disco arpeggio with My Bloody Valentine-style vocals and guitars to ingeniously please indie and disco lovers at the same time! Theatre of Delays delivers a heartbreaking emo house version that brings you into the fifth dimension. Label-makers go nogo turn Lama into a Stereolab-esque breakbeat beauty with Notwist-like sounds and 90s indie guitars. Mind Movies turn ‘Lama’ into a flipping, winding mechanical world of breakbeat, swirling around its own axis, and spinning a beautiful tumbling dance. Sounds of Sputnik add a 70s psychedelic edge to it, infusing this track with electro wonder.
2014 also sees Ummagma pursuing various other collaborations, remixes and releases, involving Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins), Malcolm Holmes (Orchestral Maneouvres in the Dark), Sounds of Sputnik (Moscow), Lights That Change (UK), Graingerboy (UK), and Graham Bonnar (Swervedriver/ Brian Jonestown Massacre).
Ummagma began in 2003 when Alexx (Ukrainian) and Shauna (Canadian) met at a concert in Moscow. Since then, they have been blending their love of synthpop, alternative rock and electronica to create deliciously diverse, dreamy music, loaded with positivity. They 'debuted' in 2012 by simultaneously releasing 2 LPs ('Antigravity' and 'Ummagma') in 2012.
In 2013, Ummagma won the Alternative Eurovision hosted by Amazing Radio, representing Ukraine from 21 countries, and picked up 2 awards at the Australian Independent Music Video Awards (including best international pop video), not to mention a full-page spread in Rolling Stone Russia.
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Lama video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCu21gaOHt8
Album artwork & photos: http://tinyurl.com/orx4a8j
Info on previous Ummagma single on E&D: http://tinyurl.com/qd5u5qb
Press contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
released 16 May 2014
- All tracks written, arranged, and performed by Alexander Kretov and Shauna McLarnon
Alexander Kretov – all instruments, vocals, composition, arrangement.
Shauna McLarnon – lyrics, vocals, arrangement.
- Recorded, produced, mixing and album artwork by Alexander Kretov at Ummagma Studio
- Mastering performed by:
Alexander Kretov (Ummagma Studio) - Original Version
Marc Joy (Ferndale Productions) - Mind Movies, Sounds of Sputnik remixes
Emerald & Doreen Recordings - all other remixes