GREEN LANES TO BE RELEASED 7TH AUGUST 2015 ON TROUBLE IN MIND
“The playing is precise, subdued and autumnal. But, oh, the songwriting! Every arrangement is perfect for the melody, and every melody sticks” – The Guardian
“Sun-kissed psychedelia far out into the stars, landing on an astral plane where Velvet-y drone met Kinks-y melody” – Rolling Stone
Music that’s beautifully constructed. Their vocal harmonies and guitar solos are point-perfect” – Pitchfork
Ultimate Painting, the duo of James Hoare (Veronica Falls) and Jack Cooper (Mazes), will release their sophomore album, Green Lanes, on 7th August 2015 via Trouble In Mind. Lead single ‘Break The Chain,’ premiered today by Aquarium Drunkard, is a slice of very English pop music pitched somewhere between Pink Floyd’s Meddle and Blur’s Modern Life Is Rubbish.
Green Lanes is the follow-up to Ultimate Painting’s 2014 self-titled debut which was released on Trouble In Mind – incredibly – a mere six months ago. Acclaimed by critics and peers alike (a five star review in The Guardian; and an Album Of The Day award on BBC Radio 6 Music), the LP felt like a breath of fresh air, with one eye on the orange haze of the late sixties and another looking optimistically to a sparse post-digital space. Refined and economic, dreamy and quietly euphoric; ten songs by two songwriters at the top of their game.
‘Break The Chain’
Recorded by James on one-inch tape, Green Lanes perfects the template they created with the first LP. Each songwriter contributed five songs with various shades of collaboration in between. “The song always comes from a melody, some vague structure and then maybe a verse and chorus worth of lyrics… but everything we do, be it a guitar part or harmony, is always filtered through the other person,” says Jack.
Make no mistake, Green Lanes is a guitar record and it’s refreshing to hear two guitars so confused as to which one is leading, each leaving space and taking turns to rise to the surface and provide the hook. It feels like every little thing has been pored over and at the same time it seems completely on the fly, never contrived.
After touring North America and Europe with contemporaries such as Parquet Courts, Twerps and White Fence, Jack and James quickly retreated to James’ all-analogue home studio just off Green Lanes in North London to record this new record, joined this time by Mazes drummer Neil Robinson.
ULTIMATE PAINTING GREEN LANES TRACKLISTING
2. Sweet Chris
3. (I’ve Got The) Sanctioned Blues
4. The Ocean
5. Two From The Vault
6. The Ocean (reprise)
7. Break the Chain
8. I Was Lost
9. Tee Zee Em
10. Paying The Price
11. Woken By Noises
12. Out In The Cold
‘Break The Chain’ https://soundcloud.com/troubleinmind/ultimate-painting-break-the-chain/