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Emerald & Doreen Recordings present Ummagma – Rotation / Live And Let Die

December 8, 2013

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Emerald & Doreen Recordings present 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. The duo also won the 2013 Alternative Eurovision hosted by Britain’s Amazing Radio (from 21 countries), received 2 awards at the 2013 Australian Independent Music Video Awards (including best pop international video), and have caught the attention of Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins/ Violet Indiana), who has remixed a track for their forthcoming LP.

Ummagma combines their love of indie rock, synthpop and electronica to create their own unique brand of “dreamgaze” power pop. 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. Ummagma offers 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.

In this double A-side single “Rotation/Live and Let Die”, Emerald & Doreen Recordings delivers what Pop Lifer describes as “The loveliest, most seductive dreampop since Engineers… with a more eclectic, fluid musical approach”. This new release combines stunning hypnotic vocals, lush electronica and blissful resonant soundscapes. In ‘Rotation’, this occurs on waves of bombastic synths, and on “Live and Let Die”, epic guitar riffs lace with magnetic drumbeats, with striking parallels to Stereolab, Curve, Lush and Broadcast.

These 2 tracks, for release on December 9, embed themselves in your brain. This single is a teaser for several Ummagma releases on Emerald & Doreen coming in early 2014. Ummagma are a rare commodity in today’s music scene: deliciously diverse, dreamy, and loaded with positivity. Blending their love of synthpop, alternative rock and electronica, they’ve managed to create their own brand of “dreamgaze” power pop.

Since exploding onto the underground music scene in 2012 with 2 colorful eclectic LPs (Antigravity & Ummagma), this Canadian-Ukrainian duo has been making definite waves: winning the 2013 Alternative Eurovision hosted by Britain’s Amazing Radio, picking up 2 awards at the 2013 Australian Independent Music Video Awards (including best pop international video), and catching the attention of Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins/Violet Indiana), who has remixed a track for their forthcoming LP. Their emergent rise has also landed Ummagma a full-page feature in Rolling Stone Russia (and 270+ other press features).

Ummagma brings an extraordinary soundtrack of reverie for both trailblazers and stargazers. The new single is now available for pre-order on iTunes, Juno Download, Qobuz, 7digital, and will also be available on Beatport and other major platforms by the release date.

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