Came across this LP on Bandcamp, gave it a try and left me totally addicted. It so massively heavy and sludgy, but OMG it is an absolute masterpiece. Apparently a therapeutic album much needed in 2021.
I really wonder why there are no “critic reviews”. So Wrong is such a lovely pop/R&B/Whatever album. Love the vocals and the melodies. Some songs sound so familiar that they might be covers or pieces of it, like St. Vincent used a Sheena Easton fragment on her latest (and greatest) Daddy’s Home. Magic Island simply does sound magic most of the time, and with St. Vincent, although incomparable, this might very well one of the better pop albums of 2021.
The concept isn’t new, and it isn’t very complex per se, with the slow beats, the movie and opera samples, the “Burial vibes”, but if it is done as skilled as DJ Muggs did it here, I can only fall in love with this album. It is warm and witchy, gloomy and makes you dream all at the same time. Instrumental hiphop at its very best.
Ulver played together with Sunn O))) on Terrestrials from 2014, and in some ways they are soul mates. But where Sunn supports their drone soundscapes with high volume, heavily distorted guitars and nó drums, Ulver leans heavily on drums. Also their sound is not as thick and meditatively monotone, but offers more variety without losing focus. Drone Activity, with just 4 pieces of over 15 minutes each is nothing less then a majestic masterpiece that deserves to be heard by a large audience.