Freakender presents: Ultimate Painting (Bella Union)Gig
27 April 20:00 - 28 April 00:00
** Tickets on sale Wednesday 31st January **
Thrilled to have Ultimate Painting back in Glasgow once again, one of our absolute faves here at freakender, their new album Up! is out on the 6th April via Bella Union.
After the autumnal melancholia of 2016’s Dusk, the title of Ultimate Painting’s fourth album suggests a band leaving the past behind and ascending to another level, and to a certain extent that is the story of this record. Now signed to Bella Union, the record is a supremely confident and, at times, radiant example of their song-writing ability but it also masks a more turbulent story. There were plenty of times when the question was not what it would sound like but would it even exist.
Back in the UK in summer 2017, they immediately started over and with rediscovered confidence and momentum recorded a whole new album in just two weeks. The results convey something of that effortless spark as well as a reconnection with the bands’ innate Englishness.
This isn’t the midnight-black interior world of the third Velvets’ album (to which they’ve so often been compared); it’s a record that stretches out in different directions. One minute - on Foul & Fair - drawing from the 60s Brit-folk tradition of Fairport Convention, the next on - I Am Your Gun - channelling the luminous fairground psyche of the Pretty Things or Syd Barrett. It’s also the sound of a band obsessively honing their sound. They joke that it’s the most “Ultimate Paintingy” record they’ve ever made too.
When it was all finally done, though, they both realised all their tough decisions had been vindicated. Their best record to date, albeit the one that caused the most pain and indecision - they hope it will continue their steady ascent. Jack comments: “If it ends tomorrow, I'd feel really good about the work we've done together. There's a cohesion to it but most of all they're records that we made of music that we wanted to hear. We don't really have an agenda other than that.”