The first time I heard Ulrika Spacek during their support show at Old Blue Last I knew this band would get far in their music career. They have this specific fuzzy sound mixed with this lovely, delicate melody that takes you somewhere else and lyrics that touch your heart. Ulrika Spacek is a five-piece band, originally formed by Rhys Williams and Rhys Edwards in Berlin, but it was when these two moved back to London that the journey began.
“We’ve combined each one with a different art exhibition, and this is something we are going to continue to do – hopefully we can now do it in some new places,” Rhys Edwards said about their self-curated nights, Oysterland, at the Dalston Victoria, where they showcased their first live performances.
The band released their first record The Album Paranoia earlier this year, through Tough Records in Europe and Lefse Records in the US. From the beginning the album takes the listener on a journey through Ulrika Spacek’s powerful soundscape. You can easily zone out and get lost in its time, so be careful!
The same may happen when you get to see the band live. The psychedelic visualisations during their shows may totally overwhelm you. “There’s A Little Passing Cloud In You” shakes with its psychedelic structure and gentles guitars that can make you collapse into a fallacious sense of security from the beginning. “Strawberry Glue” is a fuzzy masterpiece, featured with home-made video clip. Beginning as an instrumental slow-burner, “Beta Male” plunges into vocal simplicity around the halfway, masterfully accenting its distorted nature. ”She’s a Cult” is probably my favourite track from the record. The song is like a cross-pollination of hypnotic fuzz!
Ulrika Spacek were invited to support DIIV on their European tour by Cole himself, unfortunately, the tour ended really quick for the band.
“We got seven [shows on the DIIV tour] and we should have had 24. So it was disappointing, in the end” Edwards said.
However, the band is hitting the stages at some of the most important psychedelic festivals in Europe this year and their headline show at the Waiting Room a little while back was SOLD OUT. Meanwhile, Rhys and the band are knuckled down in their home studio working on album number two.
Go and check out these guys, if you haven’t done it yet:
17 Jun 2016 – 18 Jun 2016 Best Kept Secret Festival Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands
Sun 19 Jun 2016 Paris International Festival of Psychedelic Music 2016 Noisiel, France
Sun 19 Jun 2016 Paris International Festival of Psychedelia 2016 Paris, France
Mon 20 Jun 2016 Tröne Brussels, Belgium
Tue 21 Jun 2016 TRIX Centrum voor Muziek Antwerp, Belgium
Thu 30 Jun 2016 Musiques En Stock Festival Cluses, France
Sat 06 Aug 2016 – Thu 11 Aug 2016 Visions 2016 London, UK
Sun 14 Aug 2016 – 23 Sep 2016 La Route Du Rock 2016 Saint-Malo, France
Sat 24 Sep 2016 Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia 2016 Liverpool, UK
Sun 25 Sep 2016 The Cellar Oxford, UK
Sun 25 Sep 2016 Cellar Bar Oxford, UK
Sun 25 Sep 2016 Cellar Bar, Oxford Oxford, UK
Tue 27 Sep 2016 Electrowerkz London, UK
Tue 11 Oct 2016 King Georg Cologne, Germany
Wed 12 Oct 2016 The Green Door Store Brighton, UK
Thu 13 Oct 2016 Soup Kitchen Manchester, UK