Ultimate Painting: Dusk (Trouble in Mind) - Review | Under the Radar - Music Magazine
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Ultimate Painting


Trouble in Mind

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There are several adjectives thrown at the eclectic and vast sphere that is London indie bands; few are printable in such a respectable publication as this and "dependable" is rarely one of them. However (you can see where this is going) it is the one that springs to mind when considering the merits of Ultimate Painting.

Dusk is the duo's third studio album and fourth overall in their two-year existence and it is, once again, a thoroughly pleasant aural experience; an enjoyable slice of dreampop that subtly introduces and shifts between a variety of influences to keep the listener interested. The penultimate track is called "Silhouetted Shimmering" and that alone might as well be a descriptor for the album.

It is also the best song on the album, the guitar line clean as ever but wrapped up in a warm, fuzzy background drone that dovetails perfectly with Jack Cooper's soft voice. It is the greater concession to a dirtier sound at times-the bluesy shards of guitar on "I Can't Run Anymore," the increasingly prominent Motorik on "Bills," a lament for the cost of living in London that resonates among many of us-that elevate Dusk above its predecessor, Green Lines. (www.ultimatepainting.band)

Author rating: 7.5/10

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