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Everything Picture (Deluxe Edition)

    On September 24th Ultrasound will reissue their ambitious debut album ‘Everything Picture’ via One Little Independent Records. The reissue boxset will feature ‘Everything Picture’ the double album, an extra two records featuring a variety of B-sides and singles and a CD of live and session tracks. As well, a 26-page booklet and poster will be included.

    Forming in 1996, British quartet Ultrasound gained quick notoriety, were eagerly courted by major labels and began making waves with their grandiose glam-meets-prog live performances. In 1999 they released their anticipated, monolithic and wildly creative ‘Everything Picture’ with Nude Records, a feat of considerable scale which may have failed to fulfil expectations they might be the next Oasis but ultimately earned them a dedicated cult following and the long-term critical acclaim they always hoped it would.

    The uncompromising ‘Everything Picture’ soars from cinematic, layered textures to audacious rock n roll, with its raucously distorted guitars that sweep abrasively over anthemic choruses and a kinetic rhythm section. From the scopious opening of ‘Cross My Heart’ that makes the bands intentions perfectly clear from the offset to the dynamic attack of blistering riffs and euphoric vocal harmonies of ‘Stay Young’, the vice-tight bass and darkly joyous ‘Fame Thing’, the pulsating electronics and searing lead of disc 2 opener ‘Aire & Calder’ and ahead, the LP is a far-reaching onslaught of powerful production, bristling with ideas and invention.

    Alongside chart recognition for several their singles including ‘Best Wishes’, ‘Stay Young’ and ‘Floodlit World’, Ultrasound are also remembered for a renowned performance at Glastonbury Festival in 1998 during a torrential downpour, a live recording of which is also included in this deluxe reissue.

    Quickly following the release of ‘Everything Picture’, and amidst a myriad of press attention, the band broke-up. Now, we’re given the opportunity to revisit this semi-forgotten, extensive classic alongside even more of their experimental catalogue.


    TRACK LISTING

    Everything Picture Album – Vinyl A, B, C, D
    1. Cross My Heart
    2. Same Band
    3. Stay Young
    4. Suckle
    5. Fame Thing
    6. Happy Times (Are Coming)
    7. Aire & Calder
    8. Sentimental Song
    9. Floodlit World
    10. My Impossible Dream
    11. Everything Picture

    B-Sides / Singles – Vinyl E, F, G, H
    1. Best Wishes
    2. Kurt Russell
    3. Black Hole
    4. Over There
    5. Football Meat
    6. I’ll Show You Mine
    7. One Plus One
    8. Lovesick
    9. We Will Find Love
    10. Underwater Love Story
    11. Can’t Say No
    12. Death Of Drag Racer
    13. Valencia
    14. Goodbye 25
    15. Best Wishes

    Live / Sessions – CD Only:
    1. Everything Picture (Demo)
    2. Same Band (Evening Session)
    3. Floodlit World (Acoustic)
    4. Suckle (Acoustic)
    5. Over There (Live At Reading Festival ‘98)
    6. Football Meat (Live At Reading Festival ‘98)
    7. I'll Show You Mine (Live At Manchester Academy ‘98)
    8. Floodlit World (Live At Glastonbury Festival ‘98)
    9. Sentimental Song (Live In Newcastle ‘98)
    10. Suckle (Live At Glastonbury Festival ‘98)
    11. Stay Young (Live At Glastonbury Festival ‘98)
    12. Everything Picture (Live At Oxford Sound City ‘98)

    Ultrasound

    Play For Today



      They said it would never happen. And by ‘they’ we mean the band, their friends and anyone who had ever worked with them. But somehow, against all odds and several wads, ULTRASOUND are back. Back with a fresh attitude. Back with a new keyboard player. Back with a second album a mere 13 (that’s thirteen) years after colossal debut ‘Everything Picture’ rattled the gills of the album charts. You really couldn’t make it up, but make up they have.

      This much we know: as the Twentieth Century wheezed to a close Ultrasound were in the process of spectacularly imploding. 1999 might have been the first year the known world heard of the likes of Doves, Coldplay, Elbow and Muse but for Ultrasound the race was already almost run, a journey which had seen them catapulted from the obscurity of a squat in West London to the front of the NME and a megadeal with Nude Records with scarcely a pause for breath. The fallout was, in a way, as thrilling as the rise upwards. Battered by a reality they didn’t understand and bent out of shape by a music industry they no longer trusted they parted company and walked out of the party. It would be ten years before they set foot on the same stage again.

      But eventually, thanks to the charitable needs of a benefit gig for Tim Smith from The Cardiacs, Ultrasound did find themselves back together in a rehearsal room in 2010. Subsequent carefully chosen live shows at the Bull & Gate, Cargo and the Borderline presented a band who were (back) at ease with themselves. And creating the mammoth sounds of last year’s comeback single ‘Welfare State’ / ‘Sovereign’ gave them a taste for the creative juices they had never lost, just gently misplaced for a decade.

      The excellent news is that that lost decade has not withered their appetite for gargantuan pop hooks and outlandlishly cosmic freakouts. ‘Play For Today’ was recorded in SNAP studios in North London and produced by Guy Massey. It consists of ten songs sprawled across 53 minutes and ransacks their trademark widescreen heart-searching / art-thrusting box of prog tricks, veering from the rock’n’roll brutalism of ‘Goodbye Baby, Amen’ and the sadfaced pop hookery of ‘Deus Ex Natura’ to the frankly epic ‘Between Two Rivers’, replete with mournful colliery brass band. Every alternative National Anthem should have one. There’s even a Bassey-esque vocal turn from bassist Vanessa on ‘Glitter Box’ - a life of surprises indeed.

      So now they find themselves back on fierce panda, the launch pad for their debut ‘Same Band’ single the first time around. Of course, it is sublimely, typically Ultrasound that it should be thirteen years which separate their albums. Never knowingly understated at the best of times it would somehow have been poor form if they had waited a prissy half decade like the Stone Roses before getting around to a follow-up.

      So here they are now. Entertain them. And quickly – otherwise it could well be the year 2025 before we get to hear a third album…

      Patrick Phelan / Ultrasound

      Then Trust / Cathera

        Patrick Phelan plays a lovely intimate acoustic track with a Nick Drake-ish feel. The Ultrasound track is a quirky instrumental track full of strange atmospherics.


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