Ultraísta - Sister
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2020 Ratings: #549 / 692
User Score
Based on 53 ratings
2020 Ratings: #470
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March 13, 2020 / Release Date
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Partisan / Label
Indietronica / Genres
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God Is in the TV

It may only be March, but Sister already looks like one of the most accomplished indie records of 2020.


Consistently hypnotic, yet rich with sneaky melodic shifts, Sister's rich sonic architecture, which includes Bettinson's anodyne vocals and stream of consciousness wordsmithing, is its greatest selling point.

The second album from producer Nigel Godrich, drummer Joey Waronker, and singer Laura Bettinson is immaculately composed electronica that never really leaves a strong impression.
Loud and Quiet

On the one hand, this is dazzling to encounter – the entire album gleams sonically, every edit feeling super gourmet with nary a hair out of place – but on the other, such airtight cleanliness leaves Sister frustratingly gutless; a masterclass in studio production technique in desperate need of songwriting calibre to match.

Although Ultraísta’s sophomore record is pleasant electronica, it isn’t a whole lot more than just that. Tracks on Sister lack a distinctive presence, resulting in the merging of tracks and the lack of pinpointing clear highlights. This album is merely surface level, leaving much more to be desired other than its clean and sometimes atmospheric production.
Way more impressive than I was originally expecting after their great, but standard debut. Lots of interesting and complicated rhythms, syncopation, and chord changes that lead for a rewarding listen. Great sophomore album.
Decent electronica release with pleasing vocals and rhythms, but overall is fairly lackluster.

Standouts: Harmony, Anybody, Save It 'til Later, Mariella

Dropouts: Bumblebees, The Moon and Mercury
It's not a great start when you're done with the first listen and you just want to throw on their debut instead. However, after multiple listens I've grown to love this album. It's not as catchy as their debut, but it's much more mature. Which makes sense since they're 8 years older now. It's a bummer this is a side project because I feel we'll have to wait another 8 years for their third.
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Track List

  1. Tin King
  2. Harmony
  3. Anybody
  4. Save It 'til Later
  5. Ordinary Boy
  6. Mariella
  7. Water in My Veins
  8. Bumblebees
  9. The Moon and Mercury
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Added on: January 14, 2020