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Moscow, Russian Federation (2003 – present)

Ummagma – a Canadian-Ukrainian duo comprised of Alexander Kretov and Shauna McLarnon – deliver richly layered soundscapes and mesmerizing vocals. On their debut albums Antigravity and Ummagma, Ummagma delivers an eclectic yet harmonious potpourri of alt pop, dreampop, post-rock, post-punk, ambient/ethereal, shoegaze and space rock, bringing sublime resonance, beats and rhythm to create a virtual dream pop rock haven. McLarnon’s delicate airy gossamer-like vocals often draw comparisons to Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins fame with glimmers of Stereolab, The Sundays, SPC ECO, Nathalie Merchant and Slowdive. Kretov’s spellbinding potion of guitar, vocals, synths, beats, programming & effects create an impeccable Floydish Fripp-laced soundscape that helps the listener take flight.

Ummagma began 2003 as an affair with love and sound in Moscow, Russia, where Alexx and Shauna were living. They currently live in western Ukraine with their daughter Nika, working in their studio, where Alexx also records and produces other artists’ work. In July 2012, Ummagma self-released 2 full-length LPs (“Ummagma” and “Antigravity”). They’ve had a full-page feature in Rolling Stone Russia and won the 2013 Alternative Eurovision on Britain’s Amazing Radio. Although their music encompasses several music genres, it has a common remarkable theme, elevating and stirring effect. Apart from the above groups, Ummagma is often likened to Blonde Redhead, Peter Gabriel, AIR, Sigur Ros, Arcade Fire, Pink Floyd, Michael Brook, Lush, Mercury Rev, Talk Talk, Snow Patrol, Exitmusic, Ultravox, Bowery Electric and M83, but listeners will find an unmistakable sound truly unique to Ummagma.

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