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Released: 02.06.17




Following last year’s debut The Album Paranoia, indie troupe Ulrika Spacek return with the self-recorded Modern English Decoration. It’s a title that one can take as a fairly major misnomer: tilting away from the soft psychedelic sounds of their first album, the band are now pushing into the queasy post-punk lilt of American acts like Deerhunter and Preoccupations.

There’s still hints of a band working to find their own sound, but the songwriting here more than does the trick – the gorgeously messy arpeggios of Silvertonic, the surrealistic tribute Ziggy and the subdued title track are all powerful indications of where this band might go. If Ulrika Spacek remain a work in progress, Modern English Decoration is a fine snapshot of their development.

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