If you’re attracted to ethereal, electronic sounds that makes you vibrate on other-worldly frequencies, you need to listen to Ummagma. This electronic duo consists of Canadian Shauna McLarnon, and Ukrainian Alexander Kretov. Together, the pair have been creating ambient dream-pop anthems since 2012, and Frequency is their most recent release.
The band’s previous LPs Antigravity and Ummagma differ in style to Frequency. On this EP, Ummagma explore the themes of space, distance and escapism – all of which are instantly addressed on opening track ‘Orion’. Like the constellation it’s named after, this track twinkles with its delicate electronics and captivating vocals. Second track ‘Lama’ continues in this ilk, with atmospheric synths, piercing guitar riffs, and gentle vocals. It’s five minutes of skin-soothing sound.
‘Winter Tale’ and ‘Galacticon’ are further examples of the band’s dreamy, cinematic sound. The latter is brief in duration, but feels extensive due to its slow, space-like instrumental style. ‘Ocean Girl’ hosts echoey guitar and hushed, calm vocals. Once again, it’s brief, but equally as elegant and dreamy as the other tracks on the EP. The duo have also included three remixes of ‘Lama’ – each offering a different perspective on the atmospheric original.
Ummagma have gained a sizeable international following, despite living between Canada and Ukraine. It’s this distance, however, that allows them to create such sparkling examples of dream-pop on EPs like Frequency. Invest, and enjoy the space-like journey through their unusual sound.