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ULRIKA SPACEK – Modern English Decoration

ULRIKA SPACEK – Modern English Decoration

ulrika-spacekUlrika Spacek will release their sophomore album, Modern English Decoration on June 2nd via Tough Love.

Much like their debut album released in early 2016, the band chose to record, produce and mix the entirety of the record in their shared house – a former art gallery called ‘KEN’, so named because of a cryptic inscription found above the front door.

Mimi Pretend opens with an extended guitar riff that brings the best of shoegaze to the fore and the track evolves into a spacey (sorry!) track sprawling over five and half minutes and it is excellent. The Jesus & Mary Chain meet The Wedding Present and Ulrika Spacek are the beautiful offspring! On Silvertonic the band explore a cleaner sound (maybe recorded in a different room in the Victorian house?) with a somewhat ‘woozy’ vocal creating a laid back ambience.

Dead Museum has a slightly rawer approach with a raunchy guitar riff and, for those who follow My Bloody Valentine, there is a similar vibe with Ulrika Spacek. With three guitarists in the band guitars were always going to be central to the music and they use this to the full on this track. The song Ziggy starts with an up front drumbeat and a reverb-less clean guitar and some echoey/dreamy vocals add to the atmosphere. The band can rock it up as they do on the intro to Everything All The Time before cooling things down to a trippy soft shuffle.

The title track of the ten-song album, Modern English Decoration is a Spacemen 3 type haze fueled effort delightful in its restraint and it is followed by Full Of Men where the band keep things quite mellow. Saw A Habit Forming is a five minute exploration of atonal sounds and steady drums and the penultimate track, Victorian Acid opens with a heartbeat rhythm that leads into some serious guitar shredding. Closing with Protestant Work Slump, the twee guitar intro meets some dark vocals whilst the bass and drums hold it together throughout.

Ulrika Spacek are different, with a shoegaze vibe and a DIY approach that adds to the unique sound. It’s a very enjoyable album and you them out here: http://www.ulrikaspacek.com/

 


 

You can catch Ulrika Spacek live here:

May
16th – Brussels, Belgium – Les Nuits Botanique at the Rotonde
June
2nd – Oxford – O2 Academy supporting Slowdive
6th – Nottingham – Rough Trade shop instore
8th – Bristol – Rise Music instore
14th – London – The Lexington
August
4th – Katowice, Poland – OFF Festival
20th – Stirlingshire, Scotland – Doune The Rabbit Hole Festival

 

 

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