Formed in Moscow in 2003, Canadian Shauna McLarnon and Ukrainian Alexx Kretov have been consistently writing and recording music whilst living between Ukraine and Canada. Shauna’s delicate airy gossamer-like vocals hold glimmers of Cocteau Twins, Stereolab, The Sundays, Curve, Lush, and Slowdive. Alexx’s guitar, vocals, synths, beats and programming create cinematic soundscapes with elements of Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Bill Nelson and Brian Eno, enabling the listener soar above the music.
Ummagma debuted with 2 simultaneous LPs (‘Antigravity’ and ‘Ummagma’) in 2012. They’ve built on the success of those records by collaborating with Moscow’s Sounds of Sputnik on their ‘New Born’ LP, which will be released by UK label Ear to Ear Records on November 21st 2014.
In 2013, Ummagma won the Alternative Eurovision, hosted by Amazing Radio, from 21 countries and repeated the feat in 2014 on Pure FM. They received 2 awards at the 2013 Australian Independent Music Video Awards, often feature in The Scottish New Music Chart, and landed a full-spread feature in Rolling Stone Russia. Ummagma has also caught the attention of Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) and Malcolm Holmes (OMD), who have remixed tracks for forthcoming release.
Emerald & Doreen Recordings is a German boutique record label for futuristic indie, chill & dance music, curated by dedicated audiophile music makers and lovers who pride themselves on selecting the most exciting original material they can find, engaging the services of the most innovative remixers. Emerald & Doreen Recordings released Ummagma’s ‘Rotation/Live and Let Die’ single in December 2013, followed by the ‘Lama’ extended EP in late May 2014.
“A full kaleidoscope of sounds, harmonies and musical instruments… the result is massive with an intricate fabric” Rolling Stone Russia
“Like The Sundays and Cocteau Twins might sound after dropping acid, jumping in a space ship and jamming together as they float through space and time” The Von Pip Musical Express
“Holy early 4AD. The likes of the Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance and The Sundays” Sounds Better With Reverb
“This is a really brilliant post-rocky shoegazey woozy ambient thing. It’s absolutely beautiful” Dani Charlton, Amazing Radio
“An understated and heady concoction that blends the band’s penchant for both dream-pop and shoegaze together excellently” Little Indie Blogs
“Resplendently seduce the star set heavenly formations in a softly unfurling floorshow of sonic snow bursts” God is in the TV Zine
“The hazy melodicism of Cocteau Twins and The Sundays, with further shoegaze elements, more in keeping with the likes of Mazzy Star and Stereolab” AltSounds
Stereolab, Curve, Cocteau Twins, Broadcast, Everything But The Girl, Dubstar