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Ursula - A Silhouette In The Hourglass

by Jeff Penczak Rating:8.5 Release Date:2014-04-08

The New Zealand download specialists have released a number of excellent albums since they began supplementing their label samplers in January, and their winning streak continues with the debut album from ex-Lucy Bear members, August Larson and Trey Findley (aka Ursula).

‘Little Room’ is a delicate, acoustic ballad with a secret weapon – a sinewy, Beatlesque backwards guitar with a trippy organ backing which yields to a few fuzz-alicious guitar drop-ins that set the stage for a set of dreamy, hallucinogenic pop tunes like the Elephant 6 collective tackling Revolver and Sgt. Pepper. ‘Into the Morning Sun’ even leaps into White Album territory with softer, acoustic ruminations a la ‘Julia’ and ‘Dear Prudence’, complete with spot-on Lennonesque vocal inflections.

‘Through the Ether’ detours into spacey, Floydian territory, ultimately exploding into groovy, interstellar mooseheart faith overdrive with insane organ flurries battling animalistic skinpounding, as our intrepid explorers set off in search of life at the heart of the sun. The short and sweet ‘Green Fields’ even cops the intro countdown from ‘Free Four' before navigating the primordial waters of Elephant Sixers Olivia Tremor Control and Neutral Milk Hotel. [Floyd trainspotters may even recognize the party scenes from ‘Welcome to the Machine’ in the outro to ‘White Light’.]

This is a warm, organic pop album with a surreal edge and quirky arrangements which should also appeal to Anton Barbeau, Octopus Syng, and Orgone Box fans.

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