Ullbasunen Och Daniel - +++The coming of World War II and Ford’s mental collapse+++ 7.0

                Ullbasunen Och Daniel continues down the path of the weird. Every part of it indicates a different form of strange. Beats continue to make up a large part of the sound. Here broken down melodies throw themselves into the mix. What results is a swirl of sounds. At times it feels like multiple songs are playing simultaneously with each of them trying to get the upper hand. Yes this sound can be highly confusing. Upon multiple listens (which is easy as the entire EP is under ten minutes) the little details, the messed-up fragments, show off their charms. 

                ‘Car Interior Becomes an Oven’ begins the EP in a straightforward manner. Without anything holding it back it manages to create an inviting groove. Over this are multiple layers of organs working almost in opposition to one another. Messy as it is, it remains one of the more accessible songs on the entire album. At least the beat manages to stay somewhat focused. For the next car themed song ‘You Can’t Fool Good Pedestrians’ the song stomps along. Various distorted noises break their way into the main song. This creates an unsettling effect. At almost three minutes in length it remains the longest song yet the construction of the loops makes it feel far longer. On ‘Hot Cars and Cool Rides’ it sounds constructed by hand on an unknown table. Even the beat feels haphazard. 

                ‘The Five-Dollar Workday’ ends it on a cryptic note in a near-busted locked groove. By ending it this way Ullbasunen Och Daniel show they are serious about weirdness. In case there was ever any doubt.

Ullbasunen OCH DANIEL - The Development of Physical Capital 7.5


Ullbasunen OCH DANIEL creates a dreamlike state on ‘Development of Physical Capital’. What results is a series of strange sonic emissions that are difficult to decipher. Melodies exist on the periphery of the giant expanses of sound. The disorientation is complete. The drones are gigantic yet there are tiny things being done with hard to grasp melodies. Figuring out which is in control is impossible. Rather ‘Development of Physical Capital’ engages on both levels. Considering the focus on hard to distinguish yet memorable part-melodies alongside the very corporate origin of the song titles this may be the first foray Ullbasunen OCH DANIEL has had into vaporwave. 

                ‘Steady Carlos Slim’ starts of the EP with a piano loop competing against various electronic distortion effects. At times the effects threaten to derail the whole sense of calm. Yet the result is actually of an extremely nervous sounding track one ready to be thrown asunder at any moment. This is perhaps the most uneasy of the pieces. ‘Steady Warren Buffet’ has almost a funeral sound to it, as he is getting up in the years. ‘Steady Bill Gates’ begins with one of the few beats on the album which worms its way throughout the song. By the end of this song the melody appears to be quickly falling asleep. On the finale ‘Steady Bernard Arnault’ things almost reach a natural rhythm of sorts. Despite this it still feels distant. 

                Much of this EP is about the concept of distance. By keeping their distance Ullbasunen OCH DANIEL create an intriguing release.