ARTIST: Ultra Material
RELEASE DATE: 07/07/15
RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned
Brisbane based ‘Ultra Material’ have been through some changes. They started as one band and then kind of morphed into another. Perhaps this process explains why their new EP, released 7 July feels quite grown up. Successfully fusing the signature fuzzed-out guitars of shoegaze with Moog the EP demonstrates a sophisticated sound that makes sure each sonic element is distinct, yet dreamy! Although there is distortion and plenty of it, it is devoid of mushiness and has oodles of melody.
There can’t be a better opening track to show all of this off than ‘Crash’. The insistent guitar melody loops round and round with its MBV whammy bends and the vocal line bobbing along on the surface. That Moog sounds mighty fine on ‘Maze’ with its fountains of fuzz. The bass riff that starts ‘Pleased to meet you’ is big and beefy, and the song builds from there, layering up distortion and melody into the behemoth of the EP. ‘Tide’ is a siren’s song with rolling waves of reverb, crashing into a shoegazey shore.
The EP is out now on tape and for download at www.ultramaterial.bandcamp.com.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
In her time Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr has attended raves and rock clubs. She enjoys pedals, pizza and spy dramas. Sarah also plays guitar in Edinburgh-based noisemakers ‘Wozniak’ and is co-founder of Morningside Young Team who put on gigs and put out records for discerning audiences who enjoy fuzz and confusion.