Musica Media is pleased to present a preview of the new joint single by the Ukrainian psych-rock band Nameless (UA, Ternopil) featuring Ummagma. The latter group released its two debut albums in mid-July, which we reviewed here and whose video we reviewed here, and the Canadian/Ukrainian duo has already been recording new material. While Nameless may be somewhat less known on the international music scene than in their native Ukraine, they are not a new group at all. In fact, Nameless is considered to be one of the ‘grandfathers’ of indie rock music in Ukraine, where both bands are currently living.
The song "Dandelions and Bees" was recorded and produced by Alexx Kretov (from Ummagma) in Ummagma’s own studio in Kremenets, western Ukraine. Sweetlana Forlove, the vocalist in Nameless, and Zoryan Bezkorovajny, the group’s founder and mastermind, explain that this is a song about an amazing vision, inspired by life in the city of Ternopil, where they currently live. The lyrics are based on the writings of Vasyl Makhno, a celebrated Ukrainian poet, who now lives in New York.
As for Nameless, this neo-psychedelic (some say psych-folk) band was founded in 1992 and continues to be a celebrated veteran of the indie rock scene, with many groups of that era having disbanded long ago. Like Ummagma, the leaders of Nameless are also married, which could be one of the secrets to their long-standing success. This band’s repertoire is rooted in the aesthetics of the 1960s, and their original renditions feature a wonderful unique style “that breathes high and positive energy”, explains Mike Cormier, the head of the Davenport Collective, the Cleveland-based indie label that Nameless is signed to.
Both Ummagma, which has been making music for 8 years, and their older siblings Nameless, who recently celebrated their 20th anniversary, are two indie bands that don’t follow the standard showbiz pattern and they are happy to follow their individual paths. So far, both groups have defied all such standards of mass culture.
So, despite geographic proximity, it is no surprise that these two bands have also teamed up musically. For those who have not yet encountered Ummagma’s music, their first two albums brought the world an epic soundscape mixture of dreampop, progressive rock, post-rock, post-punk, ethereal/ambient, and indie rock rarely seen since the early 4AD era. This latest release represents a welcome addition to the band’s repertoire as it takes them beyond their already-wide range of musical genres into what appears to be new and welcoming territory. As for Nameless, this song is a pleasant introduction to our listeners and we look forward to hearing more from this East European group.