Ultre – The Nest & The Skull – CD- Audiobulb


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


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WHITE_LINE was set up three years ago, in order to play and promote the work of artists and musicians working under the banner of "minimalism", in all its many guises. This has led to a regular and highly successful mix slot on the Garden of Earthly Delights radio show in the UK, and guest appearances on Resonance FM (frequenzen show). We now aim to extend the remit of the mix slots by reviewing (as often as possible) material that encapsulates and crystallises the minimalist ethic, and hopefully we'll be leading artists and audiences alike towards a deeper appreciation of this and other marginalised genres. I welcome your comments, and criticisms, and would love to hear from labels and artists who would like their work showcased on the show, or reviewed here. We regret that due to time constraints, we cannot review everything that is sent to us, but will endeavour to give exceptional work an "honourable mention" at the very least, and links to quality sites that we think worthy of mentioning. I am trying to support labels and artists as much as possible by promoting their work, not least because I am a stereotypical "struggling artist" myself, but also because there are so few younger artists entering this particular scene, and there is a danger of it becoming the sole domain of a handful of forty somethings who really ought to be doing something better with their time! Having worked for most of the more reputable underground magazines in the early 90's, I was never afforded the luxury of taking time and care over reviews, as deadlines and column space were always hanging like the sword of Damocles over me. With WHITE_LINE, I have the luxury of being able to review when I have time, and I am receptive to a particular mood, and hopefully this will reflect in the quality and length of some of the reviews. If you like what you see, please link to me to encourage more traffic through the site, and cross promote whatever is happening out there. Address for promotional material: 45 Drovers Walk Spring Park, Kingsthorpe Northampton NN2 8BB UK

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