Last November, I wrote about indie rock project Ulrika Spacek. Comprised of long-time friends Rhys Edwards and Rhys Williams, the duo conceptualized the project during a single night in Berlin based around their mutual influences —Television, Pavement, Sonic Youth and krautrock. Upon their return to their house KEN, a former art gallery in Homerton, UK, the duo began working on the material that would eventually comprise full-length debut The Album Paranoia which was recently released through Lefse Records and Tough Love Records.
Back in November, I wrote about the album’s first single “She’s A Cult,” a 120 Minutes-era MTV-like single that had the duo, along with three professional musicians paired angular and chugging guitar chords played through reverb with propulsive rhythm section, a throbbing bass line, soaring and anthemic hooks and ethereal vocals floating over a scuzzy yet shoegazer-like mix. The duo’s latest single “Strawberry Glue” will further cement the band’s growing profile for 90s-leaning shoegaze and alt rock with anthemic hooks — but in the case of this particular song, the band’s sonically seems equally inspired by A Storm in Heaven-era The Verve as they do Television, as the song possesses a hallucinogenic guitar solo.
The recently released music video for “Strawberry Glue” is shot in a gorgeously cinematic black and white but manages to feel and look as though it could have been released back in 1993 or so.