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Life In Mixtape Form #78

Life In Mixtape Form #78 from almostaghost on 8tracks Radio.

A quick momentary break from 2012 nostalgia for some songs.

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AlmostAGhost’s Top Albums Of 2012: #16. Ultraísta – Ultraísta


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Ultraísta is a band formed by Radiohead’s producer, Nigel Godrich, partnering with Joey Waronker, Beck & Thom Yorke’s drummer. They “discovered” a singer named Laura Bettinson and this is their first album. The music is based around Waronker’s groovy krautrock-type beats, the steady repetitive rhythm. On top, Godrich washes it all with keyboards and effects, and Bettinson voice drifts in and out of it all.

There is a slight feeling that the music/atmosphere takes precedent over the songs, but I think that will reverse as they grow together. This is not just a Godrich sound experiment.

I was looking over my list here, and I realized there are not a lot of bands on it, both up to this point and what’s to come. This year was highlighted by solo artists and projects with one main leader. Ultraísta is one of the few that is a real band/collaboration. Godrich may overwhelm due to his name as a legendary producer, but this isn’t going anywhere without what Waronker and Bettinson mix in.

Ultraísta “Our Song”

Ultraísta “Gold Dayzz”

- almostaghost

October 2012

October 2012 from almostaghost on 8tracks Radio.

A somewhat bizarre and eclectic mix of new 2012 music this month. Not sure how it ended up so, but it felt that way to me. There’s electronic instrumentals, rap, Dwight Yoakam, groovy stuff, quiet stuff.

- almostaghost