Ultimate Painting are a laid back duo of Jack Cooper and James Hoare who sound like if they have a plan it is to make a distinctly English version of the kind of fresh as a breeze guitar tunes the Velvet Underground blueprinted on their third album. Indeed this is the third record from our heroic duo and once again it has been recorded onto tape in one of their flats. Expect alluringly lush guitar pop and stellar songwriting chops.
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Ultimate Painting are an example of one of those times where the side project becomes the main band. These members of Veronica Falls and Mazes would be hard pressed to find time for any other musical projects these days with the runaway success of this prolific thing.
If stuck think of them somewhere between an English Real Estate and an English version of the Velvet Underground’s third album. They jangle languidly on ‘Song For Brian Jones’ which superbly demonstrates the power of having two guitars chiming away without a care in the world. This is the nicest song I’ve heard them do and it makes me very happy indeed. The album is full of other minor pop successes which reference such experts in the field such as the Clientele and the Zombies, ‘Monday Morning, Somewhere Central’ is like the Hollies as re-imagined for a post lo-fi world and ‘Who Is Your Next Target’ is kind of like a really happy version of Elliott Smith strumming away seemingly without anything to bother him.
Ultimately Ultimate Painting come across as a simplified version of the Clientele. They don’t quite write such lavish songs, their melodies aren’t always timeless and their lyrics don't quite hit at the same autumnal heartstrings but they have a lovely and patient laid back sound and this is always used to their advantage. When they write a great song such as ‘Set Me Free’ the sound is as clear and fresh as a morning breeze.
A really nice collection of songs for fans of 60s influenced beat pop.
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