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Post Rock/Math rock

3.81 | 41 ratings

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5 stars Even though it's only 23 minutes long, you should really consider getting this EP because it's perfect. It consists of 4 moody songs which combine electric instrumentation with mellower acoustic sounds, combining one of the most unique sounds I have heard so far.

Its very hard to compare them to other bands - they have elements of Coil and even Radiohead's Kid A (albeit much darker). A Quick Fix of Melancholy is very different from the both the earlier and the later Ulver albums in that it has no black metal metal vocals as in Nattens Madrigal, it is not completely acoustic such as Kveldssanger (note that the last track is a remix of Nattleite from this album), and it still retains some acoustic instrumentation and strings as opposed to the almost completely electronic recent albums. Garm has a deep, operatic voice which when combined with the strings and the samples, create the best album of 2003.

NB - the track Vowels is another reference to Ulver's fascination with wolves - Ulver means wolves in Norwegian, and the word 'vowels' is an anagram of 'wolves'. Also, all the lyrics to this song have words which only have the letters which spell 'wolves' and 'vowels'.

lordoflight | 5/5 |


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