Look out on the horizon for the indie pop electronic rock duo Ummagma‘s new album “Compass” to be released. To the unfamiliar, they have been described by Brooklyn Vegan as “Ethereal pop indebted to Cocteau Twins and the rest of 4ADs 80s output.” Rolling Stone described their music as “massive with an intricate fabric” and a “full kaleidoscope of sounds, harmonies and musical instruments”.
Its their third full album for the duo formed in Moscow since 2003 and the first in seven years.
Now based in Peterborough, Ontario (Canada), the duo consisting of Shauna McLarnon and Alexander Kretov completed this album over the course of five years and multiple moves.
According to the bio, expect an album of grace and change, of familiarity and exploration, of emotion and euphoria, of sky-scraping cinematic highs and intimate and intriguing lows. This is the sound of a band allowing themselves to jump creative divides, to kick down musical barriers, and rip up the rule book or perhaps just ignore the fact that there ever was one in the first place.
In between, they have recorded a couple of EPs. One titled “LCD” featuring Robin Guthrie(Cocteau Twins) and Dean Garcia(Curve). The other “Winter Tale” with 4AD icon AR Kane.
“Compass” is scheduled to be released June 21st via Manchester-based label Leonard Skully Records. Also, the indiepop duo presents the lead single ‘Caravan’, a song that reflects their journey and evolving dreams from their formation in Moscow, nearly a decade in Ukraine and eventual settling in Canada. Out on May 8, it comes with b-side ‘Ty i Ya’, the band’s first non-English offering with vocals by Alexander Kretov in his native Ukrainian.
“Caravan is about a personal journey – one that begins in the mind before any borders have even been crossed,” says McLarnon. “The trip is so much better when you truly want to be part of it. You map your own destiny in many ways and dreaming is a great place to begin.”
UPDATE – THE VIDEO ‘CARAVAN’ WAS RELEASED FRIDAY APRIL 26TH.
Also founder and guitarist of the Cocteau Twins Robin Guthrie, remixed a song from 2017.
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