It’s been 3 years since Canadian-Ukrainian dreampop duo Ummagma released their debut LPs (2 in one day actually), and they’ve been dazing and gazing tens of thousands of music lovers worldwide since. In that time, this modest pair have had press and radio play in over 50 countries, including a major feature in Rolling Stone Russia, picked up music and video awards in Australia and Russia, and charted in Scotland and North America (charted in CMJ via their collaboration with Russia’s Sounds of Sputnik).
Their sound has reached a wider audience through various remix EPs and singles in the past few years, and their music has won them key support from of a fair number of ‘first wave’ artists from early 4AD and Creation Records rosters.
On November 13th, Ummagma return with the mini album “Frequency” which will be released through Raphalite Records.It follows the band’s two debut LPs ‘Antigravity‘ and ‘Ummagma‘.
Alongside five original tracks, the 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 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 of OMD. “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.
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