Ummagma – ‘Lama’ LP Review


‘Lama’ is the new LP released from Ukrainian-Canadian duo Ummagma, and is another big step into the music wilderness, as they don’t restrict themselves by creating music without boundaries.

The LP is an interesting and bold release from the duo, as the LP contains the original version of the song, along with a number of remixes completed by a number of talented people.

The original obviously starts the LP off, and is exactly what you expect from Ummagma, the unexpected. It drifts from side to side the vocals float like a feather over the driving guitar in the background. The composition of the song is expertly done, as they have left nothing without thought, each piece has been tactically placed there.

The sounds of sputnik takes the first remix, and completes an interesting job, by slowing the track down slightly, and making it even dreamier than the original. The Mind Movies remix takes the track completely another way, by introducing a number of new elements including clapping and noises you’d only really get in space. Then the pace completely slows down as the vocals take over, as it slowly lingers on.

The Copycat remix of the song takes the song into the 80’s with a drum beat that could make the most grumpiest person jig. This remix works really well as it fits the profile, and makes the chorus so much bigger by enhancing the vocals, and accompanying with other elements. Theatre Of Delays remix does what it says by delaying the intro and slowing the whole song down completely, only to pick it up in the end. When this dance/club beat is introduced the song takes another turn and delves into a different style, but one the song can take.

Go Nogo’s remix possibly adds the most elements without editing the vocals, as the introduction of synths and new guitar riffs bring a completely different aspect to the song. Irregular Disco Worker’s remix turn the whole song on its head, as makes It sound completely removed from the original. The introduction to the quick beats and swirly pop parts really make a difference, the breakdown with the vocals and the glaze over the top of them brings an interesting sound out of the vocals.

As interesting and diverse the remixes are, the original still takes the crown for being best on the LP, as it sounds like a dream from start to finish. However there was a choice to be made on the remixes, the Copycat remix would take it simply because of the slight 80’s twist.



Words by Alex Wise @al4563



Video Exclusive: Ummagma – ‘The Road to Lees’

Indie dreampop shoegazers Ummagma have debuted their “The Road to Lees” video on Words For Music exclusively! . Created by videographer Jason Sheppard (Wales). This is the 13th official video for this Canadian-Ukrainian duo. Their visuals once again take us into dream territory, as they have established a tradition of doing, albeit with a twist this time.

Beyond this video, 2014 looks to be an exciting year for Ummagma, with several albums in the works – Emerald & Doreen Recordings (Germany) will release the first of these on May 16. This ‘Lama Remixes’ LP features an international roster of electronic producers and artists, including legendary new wave electro pioneer Alexander Robotnick.

The band is also pursuing other collaborations, remixes and releases through Ear to Ear Records (UK), involving Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins), Mal Holmes (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark), Sounds of Sputnik (Moscow), Lights That Change (UK), Graingerboy (UK), and Graham Bonnar (Swervedriver/ Brian Jonestown Massacre).

You can also download the song for free here >>>

Ummagma – Talk To Her – Single



Ummagma are probably one of the strangest duos you will ever come across, but that is meant in a good sense. The duo is made up of Shauna McLarnon who hails from Canada and Alexx Kretov from Ukraine, and together they make soundscapes, mesmerizing vocals and beast to deliver a rich and rewarding listen. Their music stretches across sever genres which include, dream-pop, shoegaze, alt-pop to mention a few, the couple met at an acoustic guitar concert, their relationship developing into a marriage and then into a musical partenership which they called Ummagma. They both have a rich back ground of music with Shauna singing acapella and working with various Moscow musicians, while Alexx was a solo guitarist experimenting with home recording. Beginning in 2003, they set up a home recording studio so they could work on their music at home, developing and honing their musical skills and sound they upgraded their studio and recorded music.

‘Talk to Her’

You’ll never listen to a piece of music like this anywhere else, not with the same attention to detail, composition or with the same mind baffling video that is accompanied with it.The atmospheric sounds created by Ummagma in this piece deserve your complete attention along with some appraisals, for it’s like nothing I’ve ever heard. Not only is this a piece of music but it classes as a piece of art in sound for it’s not something you can just listen and sing along to, it’s not something you can learn to play on the guitar, it’s just something you’ve just got to listen to appreciate. Theirs not a lot of elements to the song as there’s no real vocals or notable guitars playing, but everything that is there is works for the song, and works well. With the slow drifting beat in the background and the slumber sound just lingering about, you just feel at ease and relaxed.

I wish I could say more about this piece, but I can’t because it leaves you speechless. Just a few other tracks they have, if your mind hasn’t been blown enough.

Words by Alex Wise