Monday, October 13, 2014

Revisiting Ummagma



A couple months ago, I had the chance to talk a bit with Shauna McLarnon of Ummagma, a project between Canadian McLarnon and her Ukranian husband Alexander Kretov, right as the two were sorting out a way to get their family out of the Ukraine and back to Canada as the prospect of a draft started looming overhead. Said conversation resulted in this post, and McLarnon has since left Ukraine, sans Kretov.

In the month to follow, Ummagma released an album in conjunction with Moscow act Sounds of Sputnik, a debut for the latter called New Born. The album featured a combination of five original tracks and remixes of "New Born" and "Light Scheme" that ranged from club-ready (Oleg Mezherovsky) to relatively downtempo (OMD) to the rather MGMT-style closer by Mind Movies, who offered perhaps the best contribution to the second half of the album.

Mind Movies will be contributing a remixed track to the upcoming Ummagma release Kiev - The Remixes, based on "Kiev," an auditory ode to the Cocteau Twins from 2012's Antigravity that now runs parallel to the violence currently occupying Ukraine. Kiev - The Remixes gets released on Emerald & Doreen Recordings on Oct. 31.

From New Born:

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