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ULRIKA SPACEK SHARE NEW SINGLE ‘MIMI PRETEND’

ULRIKA SPACEK

– SHARE NEW SINGLE ‘MIMI PRETEND

– ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘MODERN ENGLISH DECORATION‘ DUE JUNE 2ND VIA TOUGH LOVE

– LONDON SHOW ON MARCH 8TH
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ULRIKA SPACEK — Photo credit: Anya Broido

“A living room doesn’t give much natural reverb, and it’s not in our interest to artificially construct it”

Ulrika Spacek return on June 2nd with the release of their second album, Modern English Decoration. 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. Not just a studio and home, KEN is essentially the band’s hub, a space in which the surrounding ephemera of videos, artwork and even band photos are all created. The band are sharing the first single ‘Mimi Pretend’ from the record online now.

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“

Ulrika Spacek formed in Berlin in one night, when 14-year-long friends Rhys Edwards and Rhys Williams conceptualised ‘Ulrika Spacek’ and came up with The Album Paranoia as their debut album title. Moving back to London with the intention to record it, they were joined by Joseph Stone (guitars, organ, synths, violin), Ben White (bass) and Callum Brown (drums, percussion), ossifying into the five-piece they are now. The album was released soon after with little forewarning  and was accompanied by a year long, near-monthly club night called Oysterland that the band both curated and performed at. Less than 18 months later, the follow up arrives eerily fully formed, somewhat inevitably according to Edwards: “We started making this record as soon as we finished our first. Like our debut, we started with Track One on the album and went from there. 

Ben White –  Bass.
Callum Brown – Drums & Percussion.
Joseph Stone – Guitars, Synthesiser, Organs, Violin.
Rhys Edwards – Guitars, Vocals, Synthesiser.
Rhys Williams – Guitars.

ulrika_spacek_albumAlbum ‘Modern English Decoration’

1.Mimi Pretend
2. Silvertonic
3. Dead Museum
4. Ziggy
5. Everything, all the time
6. Modern English Decoration
7. Full of Men
8. Saw A Habit Forming
9. Victorian Acid
10. Protestant Work Slump

Recorded and Mixed by Ulrika Spacek at KEN, London between July 2015 and November 2016. Mastered by Noel Summerville.

See Ulrika Spacek live:
March 8th – Sebright Arms, London
March 27th – The Art School, Glasgow (supporting Slowdive)
March 28th – Arts Club, Liverpool  (supporting Slowdive)
April 29th – Portsmouth Psych Fest
April 30th – Festevol, Liverpool
August 4th – OFF Festival, Katowice

 

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