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Ummagma is a delightful ethereal ear candy swirl - a Canadian-Ukrainian duo comprised of Alexx Kretov and Shauna McLarnon. Ummagma’s musical style is vacillating and broadly influenced “easy positive music” with intense richly-layered landscapes of pulsating sound, a mixture of the ethereal with sublime resonance, beats and rhythm that effectively creates richly layered landscapes. While this music encompasses several genres of music – dream pop, progressive rock, post-rock, ambient/ethereal, shoegaze and post-punk – there is a common remarkable theme, elevating atmosphere and stirring effect in Ummagma’s music.
For Alexx, making music began in childhood and recording began with a double-deck recorder in post-Soviet Ukraine. Shauna’s songwriting began with acapella tunes. Sasha is originally from Kremenets (western Ukraine) and Shauna is from Whitehorse, Yukon (Canada). This joint project began as a huge affair with love and sound in Moscow 2003.
Shauna and Alexx are currently living in Ternopil (western Ukraine) with their daughter Nika and recording in their studio. Alexx has proven to be a multi-instrumentalist and talented composer and sound engineer, handling the arrangement and all the recording, mixing, mastering and video production for Ummagma songs, while Shauna focuses on lyrics, vocals and arrangement.
Comparisons have been made to such performers as the Cocteau Twins, Blonde Redhead, Robert Fripp, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, AIR, Sigur Ros, Stereolab, Spiritualized, Michael Brook, Lush, Mercury Rev, Talk Talk, Snow Patrol, Ultravox, and Bowery Electric, but everyone will surely find something truly and exclusively UMMAGMA in this music…
In mid-July, Ummagma released two CD albums (“Ummagma” and “Antigravity”) and has issued several videos on YouTube.
Cover art for album "Ummagma" by Annie Coe http://anniesartblog.blogspot.com/
Cover art for album "Antigravity" by Alexander Kretov