Promo video for Ulver's take on Beau Brummels' 'Magic Hollow' taken from the forthcoming album 'Childhood's End'. Directed by Justin Oakey.
Ulver: Childhood's End
Classic psychedelic tracks re-worked by Norwegian legends.
Early pioneers of Norwegian black metal, Ulver have continually evolved throughout their career and now stand as living legends of the 'dark' music industry, blending rock, electronic, industrial and symphonic traditions along with ambient soundscapes and experimental sounds to create groundbreaking material.
Last year they released the critically acclaimed War Of The Roses album which was described by Zero Tolerance as 'a beautiful record of startlingly powerful depth', and Mojo magazine elaborated 'Ulver's genre-weaving musical noir channels David Sylvian, the ghosts of Coil and Pink Floyd in sumptuous melancholy mode.'
They return with Childhood's End, a collection of classic - mostly obscure - psychedelic tracks recorded by the band over an extended period and a few different sessions; starting in late 2008 and ending in late 2011, 'this is the stuff that we sit at home and get stoked about' explains Kristoffer Rygg in a recent Kscope video interview.
He continues: 'I grew up with parents who were still listening to music from the time, so it informed my childhood, but it has became an ever increasing geeky sort of fetish since then.'
This passion for the Sixties' garage rock and psychedelia, and the countless underground gems that remain unknown to most, inspired the band to record their own interpretations of some of their favourite songs from the era. 'My feeling is that most people's knowledge sort of limits itself to The Doors,' says Rygg, 'The Doors were cool, but there was so much else going on… in the underground, records that got lost and didn't get as much recognition as they deserved in my opinion.'
With this is in mind Ulver hope that Childhood's End will introduce some of this music, and the artists who originally recorded them, to people who previously might not have experienced them, 'we want to be ambassadors for the things that we love and we sort of hope that we can open some gates with the record.'
The album includes Ulver's unique versions of tracks from The 13th Floor Elevators, Electric Prunes, Jefferson Airplane, The Pretty Things along with more obscure choices from Bonniwell’s Music Machine, United States of America and more.
Release Date 28th May 2012
Bracelets of Fingers (The Pretty Things)
Everybody’s Been Burned (Byrds)
The Trap (Bonniwell’s Music Machine)
In the Past (Chocolate Watchband)
Today (Jefferson Airplane)
Can You Travel in the Dark Alone? (Gandalf)
I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night (Electric Prunes)
Street Song (13th Floor Elevators)
Dark is the Bark (Left Banke)
Magic Hollow (Beau Brummels)
Soon There Will Be Thunder (Common People)
Velvet Sunsets (Music Emporium)
Lament of the Astral Cowboy (Curt Boettcher)
I Can See the Light (Les Fleur De Lys)
Where is Yesterday (United States Of America)
Directed by Justin Oakey (burialofferings.tumblr.com)
Produced by Adam Reynolds
Production designed by Amanda Row
Title designed by Rebecca Cianfrini
Featuring Jason Littlecross, Tony Morrone, Diana VanderMeulen and Angela Sneider
Thanks to Ryan Van Steenburgh, Mark Tollefson, Ted Endian, Mojo, Thunder Thighs, Fantastic Creations, and Show Pro
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Mothlite is the brainchild of Daniel O'Sullivan. A prolific composer and multi-instrumentalist, O'Sullivan is a member of Ulver and a regular collaborator with Sunn O))), Guapo, Æthenor, Miracle and Grumbling Fur.