To say that the Audiobulb label is eclectic would be the mother of all understatements, with a bewildering array of releases that pretty much cover all of the leftfield sub-categories, and then some – the label is garnering interest from all corners of the globe. Ultre is a name totally unfamiliar to me, and on presentation of this collection entitled “The Nest & The Skull”, I am plunged into their strange, eerily oblique sound world.
Opening piece, Favourite Mammal, comes across like Boards of Canada with an acoustic guitarist, a gristly, grainy, sedimental affair, with melodies and rhythms poised amongst gently picked guitars. I must confess to you now – this is unfamiliar territory for me, but I like this..I love the delighfully obscure, and surreal titling,( Museum of Air, Peace Corpse, A House Under Your Head) and I love the energetic, pulsating rhythms, that don’t quite seem at home with the music, yet somehow meet and fuse in unlikely locations, and on occasion, are epic and spiritually uplifting. This collection doesn’t quite fit the “ambient” tag, nor minimalism, nor modern composition, or anything else I’ve come across, so references and similarities here are pretty unworthy. All I will say is that Ultre have carved themselves a unique position on a unique label..this is good..and with 13 tracks to choose from, there is barely a duffer or filler here..so what are you waiting for? Check this out now..BGN