Canadian-Ukrainian dreampop duo Ummagma release their ‘LCD’ EP on Friday, September 22. Not long ago, the band revealed the video for the Ummagma ‘Lama’ remix created by Cocteau Twins multi-instrumentalist Robin Guthrie, as well as a deep dark delicious reworking of their track ‘Back to You’ by maverick electronic producer Dean Garcia, famed as half of seminal British indie/alt-rock band Curve with iconic vocalist Toni Halliday and half of SPC ECO with Rose Berlin.
This is one of two Ummagma tracks that Dean Garcia has re-envisioned for the band’s forthcoming ‘LCD’ EP, the other one being a twisted bell-infused version of the title track ‘LCD’. His enveloping reworking of these two tracks are two superb additions that round off a release that encompasses a wide spectrum of sonic sound and gorgeous textures.
The original version of ‘LCD’ is a psychedelic trip somewhere between MGMT and Beach House. This EP follows up the ‘Winter Tale’ maxi-single with 4AD dreampop pioneer A.R.Kane, released earlier this year.
Ummagma is Shauna McLarnon, hailing from Canada, and Alexander Kretov, originally from Ukraine. Now based in Canada, Ummagma won the Alternative Eurovision on Amazing Radio, representing Ukraine among 23 countries.
Dean Garcia is renowned for sculpting sound to create alternate-universe pop hits that simultaneously straddle several genres. Apart from 15 years with Curve and a decade with SPC ECO, Garcia has also toured the world several times and recorded multiple albums with such established artists as Eurythmics, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Bryan Ferry, Sinead O’Connor and Ian Dury.
“When listening to the original versions of these two songs, I wanted to make something that was an extension of the psyche n space mood that to me is the heart n soul of Ummagma,” explains Dean Garcia. “The band appeal to my psychedelic nature.”
“With the ‘LCD’ mix it was a matter of going into the original stems and extracting the most trippy n spacey elements and expanding them into a different zone. ‘Back To You’ was more about enhancing the mood of the song as it stood, but with view to bring out its dark and foreboding nature. I enjoyed working on both mixes for different reasons, the sense of space and oddness within both mixes is the thing that glues it all together. File under Dark Psyche”
Ummagma ‘LCD’ will be released on September 22 through Label Obscura (cassette) and Somewherecold Records (CD), and is already available for pre-order via Ummagma’s own Bandcamp.