Ummagma – a Canadian-Ukrainian duo comprised of Alexander Kretov and Shauna McLarnon – Ummagma’s eclectic yet harmonious potpourri of alt pop, dreampop, post-rock, post-punk, ambient/ethereal, space rock and progressive/art rock serves up a mixture of 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, Curve and Slowdive. Kretov's spellbinding potion of guitar, vocals, synths, beats, programming, effects create an impeccable Floydish Fripp-laced soundscape to help the listener take flight.
Ummagma began as an affair with love and sound in Moscow back in 2003, when Alexx and Shauna were both living at the time. After beginning to make music together, they set up their own home studio, which they brought with them to Kiev, moving there at the peak of the Orange Revolution in 2004. With every move (Moscow-Kiev-western Ukraine-Yukon-western Ukraine), they continued to hone their musical and recording skills, upgrade their studio and record music. Shauna and Alexx currently live in Ternopil (western Ukraine) with their daughter Nika and work in their recording studio, where Alexx also records and produces other artists’ work.