Following the release of their second album Modern English Decoration last year, London-based art-rock five-piece Ulrika Spacek are back with new EP Suggestive Listening, which is set for release April 21 via Tough Love Records for Record Store Day. The first single from the EP, Lord Luck, is streaming online now.
Ulrika Spacek have always been strong believers in a long play format when it comes to making records, but for this new release they decided it was time to explore the 'extended play' format. The band started working on the new record in January 2017, “in that empty space when you're waiting for your last record to come out”. Recording began at KEN, their shared house – a former art gallery so named because of a cryptic inscription found above the front door. Not just a studio and home, KEN is essentially the band’s hub, a space in which the surrounding ephemera of videos, artwork and even band photos are all created. After this, work for the EP moved to France where the band explored recording live for the first time and here the band worked with now-full-time member, Syd Kemp.
In an act of self-awareness, Ulrika Spacek chose to make something that killed the ‘three-part interweaving guitar’ characteristic that partly defined Modern English Decoration. The intention was to deconstruct the standard three guitar, bass and drums line-up used on the first two albums, aiming to strip back the overall sound whilst simultaneously bringing certain elements to the foreground. Very few guitar effects pedals are present on the record, and a different computer was deliberately used in order to steer away from the plug-ins employed on previous albums.
This change in approach was foreshadowed around the release of Modern English Decoration, when they claimed that, “We won’t return to this sound again. Though as fanatical fans of music, we feel the beauty lies in how these different offshoots go on to inform our future records”. As such, Suggestive Listening, might be continued an evolution more than a wholesale shift in focus.
See Ulrika Spacek live:
25th - Corsica Studios, London, UK
10th - Psych Over 9000 @ Kolonie, Gent, BE
12th - Le Beau Festival @ Le Trabendo, Paris, FR
19th - Schon Schon, Mainz, GE
20th - Volksbuhne, Berlin, GE