ULRIKA SPACEK Modern English Dec­o­ra­tion

Tough Love Records

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

Any band that previews al­bum tracks for their fans via a “se­cret” phone num­ber and an an­swer­ing ma­chine is fine by us. Lon­don­based in­die rock band Ulrika Spacek were formed in Ber­lin three years ago by friends Rhys Edwards and Rhys Wil­liams, who schlepped it back to the UK to hook up with like-minded mates Joseph Stone, Ben White and Cal­lum Brown. The plan was sim­ple: use a three-per­son guitar strat­egy that ref­er­enced the twin-headed in­ter­sec­tions of Tele­vi­sion’s Tom Ver­laine and Richard Lloyd, and struc­ture the songs as if The Only Ones had never split up. The woozy re­sults are ter­rific (if fa­mil­iar), with songs such as Mimi Pre­tend, Dead Mu­seum, Ziggy, Ev­ery­thing all the Time, and Vic­to­rian Acid ooz­ing out of the ear­phones like sur­round-sound hyp­no­sis. ul­rikas­pacek.com

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