Ulver Atgclvlsscap on 2LP
House of Mythology proudly presents the new Ulver gatefold double album vinyl, with over 80 minutes worth of material. This album consists of multi-tracked and studio-enhanced live, mostly improvisational, rock and electronic soundscapes, 2/3 of which has never been heard before. The basis for Atgclvlsscap – which the band has been working with under the moniker 12 – arrives from recordings made at twelve different live shows that Ulver performed in February 2014, in which band the band vaulted into the deep end of an improvisatory approach to their performance.
Once the tour was over, it was down to Daniel O'Sullivan to take charge of these multi-track recordings, sculpting and editing hours of material in his North London enclave. Anders Møller, Kristoffer Rygg and Tore Ylwizaker got involved a bit later, honing things from their end in Subsonic Society and Oak Hill Studios, Oslo, before the vinyl cutting process took place at THD Vinyl Mastering, also in Oslo, in which the band was fully involved in the crucial initial cut of the 14" lacquer. What resulted is the widescreen sweep and atmospheric splendor of Atgclvlsscap, ultimately a piece of work that exists above and beyond any conventional live recording, rather a hallucinatory travelogue as potent an experience to bear witness to as it was to construct.
As always in the world of Ulver, influences are disparate and diverse, yet as Rygg notes, "It's quite tributary in a way, there are clear nods to sounds from the past." Many of these dwell in progressive, electronic and krautrock realms, heralding a lifelong love within the band for the music of the 70s. Even when the band revisits an earlier gem from 2000's Perdition City album, as on "Nowhere (Sweet Sixteen)," its reinvigorated by their expansive and emotionally charged approach.
"We always feel like, independently of what kind of instrumentation we use, we're still playing the same nocturnal stuff," adds Rygg. "There are a few motifs that keep recurring all the time in what we do, and if it's in a rock form or an electronic form, it's always there." Yet as true as this may be, by shaking up their creative process, the band have summoned up a unique testimony to the creative power of a mighty force who remain blissfully free of genre or convention, Atgclvlsscap is progressive in the truest sense of the word, a record that may be this capricious band's pièce-de-resistance.