6/10 Dave Staff review, 23 November 2011
Sometimes music can be brilliant and uplifting. The world can feel like a much lighter place to live in when you hear a Motown track, or a really sharp blast of Bob Pollard or mebbe a slice of Fine Young Cannibals and hey presto...everything's probably gonna be o.k. Then sometimes music can be what Harry Redknapp is to tax returns...an unforgiving, unsympathetic slightly jowly bedfellow. Ural Umbo fit snugly into this space with unerring ease. “..Feedback and melody barley escape from the murky crevices, tinged with a sense of grinding tension...” so says the press blurb which paints the picture almost perfectly. Scary sounding drones accompany the darkest of undulating frequencies while sombre sounding percussion makes this record sound like funeral music from another dimension. The LP has darkness running right through it. It's a bleak sounding record that is pretty unrelenting in its scope and doesn't really deviate from this shiver inducing template. I guess if you're a fan of Skullflower or mebbe Horseback you'll shit yer self at this otherwordly, punishing oddity. If your'e a fan of music you'll probably shit yerself due to Ural Umbo's harrowing take on sonic oppression. Limited to 300 copies and comes with a CD (so you can be scared into a trance like state in your automobile). Not my cup of tea but quite powerful none the less.
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