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ULRIKA SPACEK: Mimi pretend (Live at Tapetown, 2017)

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7 febrero, 2018 Posted by | Ulrika Spacek | Deja un comentario

Silvertonic – ULRIKA SPACEK: Modern English Decoration (Tough Love Records, 2017)

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Bajo ese título tan ´Kinksiano´se esconde un trabajo (el segundo) de ULRIKA SPACEK. Una especie de larga jam session que en realidad poco tiene que ver con esa página gloriosa del Pop Británico. Si acaso por su aproximación a las cosas cercanas. Modern English Decoration es un tratado de auténtico DIY adornado de guiños como por ejemplo, a ese Pop experimental de Olivia Tremor Control; al Kraut o sencillamente al LoFi más noventero. Un álbum preñado de guitarras a volumen convenientemente distorsionado que es una auténtica delicia, y que no se para en concesiones comerciales.

The relatively short amount of time between their first and second albums is testament to the band’s self-contained creative environment and the productivity it encourages. There’s a tendency to label this degree of self-reliant creativity ‘DIY’ – and the band do certainly feel emboldened by that ethos – yet to consider Modern English Decoration solely in these terms is a disservice. Their craft is considered and purposeful, the means of its production reflecting the band’s overall vision rather than the value system of an often haphazard and accidental DIY culture. “We enjoy listening to music through the album format and want our records to reflect that”, says Rhys Edwards (guitars, vocals, synthesiser). “Though we may explore this in the future, our records are not ‘jam’ records. We’re fans of collage based art, and create music in the same way“ (Press Note)

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25 enero, 2018 Posted by | Ulrika Spacek | Deja un comentario

ARTEfactos – ULRIKA SPACEK: Modern English Decoration (Tough Love Records, 2017)

Partiendo de presupuestos sencillos, estos alemanes afincados en Londres van por su segundo artefacto sonoro: Modern English Decoration es un álbum de Fuzz-Shoegaze imbuido por lo mejor de la Neo-Psicodelia y otras hierbas como el Kraut. Altamente recomendable…

“Given the lyrics often favour abstraction and the vocals can be more impressionistic than declarative, the album title itself offers perhaps the most telling entry point to the record. In part, it’s a self-effacing play on an interior design cliché that references the meticulous creative processes the band adheres to. There’s also a nod towards the environment in which it was created – a Victorian house turned art gallery turned home studio. “This record was made in various rooms in our house, predominantly in the living room. Every part of the album reflects this, from the title to the setting of the lyrics. Doing everything ourselves is not just necessary: it’s important to us, as it allows us to truly create our own world”. While there’s an element of domesticity to the album’s creation, the themes that drive the songs are anything but, reflecting an all-too-common sense of mid-twenties alienation and anxiety, alongside the comforts/burdens of self-awareness.
Unsurprisingly given the context of its creation, Modern English Decoration might be considered a companion piece of sorts to The Album Paranoia. But there are crucial differences. Most notably, this isn’t the work of the Ulrika Spacek conceptualised by Edwards and Williams in Berlin – Modern English Decoration is the band as five rather than two people, and it shows. Those who have witnessed the intensity of their live show will instantly recognise the merits in this. The bass and drums provide a versatile anchor, at once soft, then aggressive, while the vocals drift woozily in and out, like druggy hindsight or skewed premonition. With three guitarists in the band guitars were always going to be central to the music, but what is less expected is the dynamic interplay between the trio that suggests a three-headed version of the Verlaine-Lloyd axis at the heart of Television. What’s more, the absence of reverb is integral, in part attributable to the ambience of the studio, but also a conscious decision in order to add focus. And focus is the abiding term: this is an album designed to be just so – a 45 minute commitment, a surrender”


11 agosto, 2017 Posted by | Ulrika Spacek | Deja un comentario


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