Fluttering from one lush environment to another with the best soundtrack to guide me! Life in colour!
In the pre-mbv-lp-2013 world, any quality shoegaze album that could give a possible insight into the potential My Bloody Valentine might have in store for the future of shoegaze was a blessing. While it may seem crude to open a Tamaryn album review with a reference to the pioneers of shoegaze (let’s say for the sake of argument that Cocteau Twins gave birth to it) I only mean it as a badge of honour, as New Zealand-born Tamaryn has managed to do what many other acts have failed to produce – album(s) of immense noise with memorable melodies.
Black Pyramids - Panda Riot.
Panda Riot sent this in to us a few months ago, but we only got around to listening to it last week - it’s great. They describe themselves as Dancey, Shoegazey Dreampop from Chicago and that description kind of works.
You can buy their album, called “Northern Automatic Music”, on Bandcamp.
Contributed by noondaytune.
Ummagma’s “Rotation/Live And Let Die” single will be released by Emerald & Doreen Records of December 9, 2013. Available on iTunes, Juno Download, Amazon, Beatport, and all major online platforms.
Emerald & Doreen Recordings (Germany) once again delve into Eastern Europe with Ummagma, a Canadian-Ukrainian dream pop duo, who got their start in Moscow and have made enough waves there for a full-page spread in Rolling Stone Russia. Ummagma combines their love of indie rock, synthpop and electronica to create “dreamgaze” power pop. In these two tracks, stunning hypnotic vocals and lush blissed-out resonance create a sonic launching pad to the galaxy or the universe within while getting your groove on. In "Rotation", this occurs on waves of bombastic synths, and in “Live and Let Die”, epic guitar riffs lace with magnetic drumbeats to stage an astonishing dreampop fest. With a jubilant Stereolab and Curve-type feel, these addictive tracks lovingly embed themselves in your brain. Tripped out, Ummagma brings a soundtrack of reverie for both trailblazers and stargazers. This single is a teaser for several Ummagma releases on Emerald & Doreen forthcoming in early 2014.
Since exploding onto the underground music scene in 2012 with 2 independently released full-length LPs – “Antigravity” and self-titled “Ummagma” – the duo has been blazing a colourful, yet eclectic, path forward. Ummagma are a rare commodity in today’s music scene: deliciously diverse, dreamy, and loaded with positivity.
Since then, Ummagma has garnered over 250 unique articles, with rave reviews from The VPME, Echoes and Dust, AltSounds, Sounds Better With Reverb, Rolling Stone, The Sound of Confusion, and WaveMaker Magazine, among others. The 2 albums tied as the #3 Best Album of 2012 in After Pop Magazine, ranked in the top 20 for Rock XS Radio and #21 Best Album of 2012 in Sloucher Zine. Ummagma have caught the attention of Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins/Violet Indiana), who has remixed a track for their forthcoming LP, and also managed to win the 2013 Alternative Eurovision, hosted by Amazing Radio.
Find Ummagma’s other music (2 LPs, 1 EP, many compilations) at www.ummagma.com/music.html
Ummagma has won the Alternative Eurovision for 2013, which was hosted by Britain’s infamous Amazing Radio, from among 21 countries. Ummagma - a Ukrainian/Canadian duo - represented Ukraine with the track “1+1=3” and held out until the end of voting to learn that they had won. The program’s host Dani Charlton, who noted that they had won by a ‘substantial margin’, also claimed that Ummagma’s victory justified the purpose of the competition, which was both intended to provide an alternative venue to the traditional more-poppy Eurovision and to showcase less mainstream music from around Europe.
Ummagma’s winning track 1+1=3 is of the shoegaze/noise/indie altrock genres and is available for free download here. Here’s what vocalist Shauna McLarnon had to say about this track:
"This song was written between two continents – the original guitar was recorded in Moscow and then we ‘discovered’ this recording in our archives while living in Canada, where Alexx quickly ‘siezed the moment’ to bring it all into very spacey gazey dreamy territory. We think this is one of our most mystical songs – not just in the aural sense, but spiritual – it really takes you on a trip."
The band’s victory has also been covered by Norway’s Gaffa Magazine here (see page 6) http://e-pages.dk/gaffa/2013-06-NO/
@Ummagma’s win in the Alternative Eurovision is still making headlines. Check out http://echoesanddust.com/2013/06/ummagma-small-victories/ to see why.
Then head over to http://ummagma.com/ to find out more about this great band and how you can buy the music that is taking the world by storm.