Ukraine based Omodada have just released their new double single “All My Gods” original and remix. These are the types of First Listen features I love because you get two perspectives of the same song. The first is a shoegaze pop adventure with an electronic overtone that adds the luster needed to excite, entice and entertain while capturing the subtly frantic beat that is at the heart of the music. The latter, featuring Ummagma, is a mellow (Um)magnum opus that captures the erotic core of “All My Gods” with a quasi-jazz vibe and penetrating beat. Two sides of the same coin never sounded so pure.
Omodada is the solo project of Lesik Drachuk, a multi-instumental artist and producer, based in Ternopil, western Ukraine. In 2015, he debuted with his neo-psychedelic “Kimnaty” EP, recorded and produced at his own studio Shpytal Records. The EP was met with critical acclaim and featured prominently in many ‘Best of 2015’ lists, including the no. 2 Ukrainian Release according to UK blog The Sound of Confusion and the no. 9 single internationally according to America’s Stereo Embers Magazine, in which Ummagma also featured at no. 5.
All My Gods (feat. Tik Tu) is an epic song about bringing humanity to another planet. “We are big fans of Canadian-American engineer Elon Musk, who is well known by Tesla Motors and SpaceX. His big work now is about colonising Mars,” explains Lesik Drachuk. “Nataly Bagriy (Tik Tu) is on vocals, trumpets and clarinets, making the music sound even more epic. We wanted to create an atmospheric picture with a view on eternal space, envisioning ourselves singing this song in a spaceship leading us to the red planet. We consider ‘All My Gods’ as a perfect soundtrack for the Discovery Science channel.”
Lesik Drachuk got his musical start as a performer in the punk-folk band Los Colorados, where he played drums and bass, as well as contributing back vocals. Between touring Europe and Canada, the band released several viral cover videos with nearly 7 million collective views on Youtube.
Tik Tu is an indiepop band formed in 2014 from the ashes of the project Echo Gardens, a trip hop band that released two albums and toured Ukraine and Eastern Europe for two years. Comprised of the same musicians – Roman Boshko (bass), Nataly Bagriy (flute, keyboards) and Lesik Drachuk (guitar) – Tik Tu creates an entirely different genre of music and utilizes additional instruments. They bring an eclectic mix of electronic and live sound, using samplers, flute, violin, drums and guitars during live performances. Nataly give a delicate vocal performance with lyrics in English, Ukrainian and Lithuanian.
Lesik Drachuk is the one common denominator between Omodada and Tik Tu. Since Omodada is actually a studio project, Lesik relegates his live performances to drumming for Tik Tu. The trio released their first single “Kolyhana” in 2014, followed by ‘Puh’, ‘Zvoni’, ‘Tvoye Moye’ and ‘Malyusiky’ in 2015. They have primarily been gigging in Ukraine, and recording their debut album in an abandoned village, far from the city noise.
The Ummagma Remix features as the B-side. Known for their ethereal compositions and for tastefully blending multiple genres, Ummagma are also known for their work with such notable musicians as Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins), Malcolm Holmes (OMD), Graham Bonnar (Swervedriver, Brian Jonestown Massacre), and Fran Ashcroft (Damon Albarn, Lords of Acid), among others. In 2014, their collaborative LP ‘New Born’ with Moscow’s Sounds of Sputnik held in America’s CMJ college radio charts for 7 weeks – longer than any other release from the former Soviet Union. It also earned Sounds of Sputnik a Jagermeister Indie Award. In 2015, Ummagma released their ‘Frequency’ EP, which was included in over 30 blog ‘Best of 2015’ lists.