Originally Oxford based at the time when The Foals, Youth Movies adn the like were getting off the ground, Undertheigloo are apparently now London based and label their music indie/electronica/laptop rock which doesn’t seem to invite the right image to me, but I guess it’s their choice.
Their second album, Colour Out Space, has just been self-released, like their first, and is available through their web site and presumably later via iTunes etc. Three years seems like quite a wait for the second edition but I guess self-releasing is along and costly process.
Colour Out Space seems like an altogether punchier affair than Circlesend which I have to say has been a regular favorite for me since its arrival. Although this will sound like a criticism it isn’t intended to be so – UTI sound comfortably old-fashioned to me (yes that did sound bad didn’t it) and although their tracks seldom deliver an instant knockout punch they do get into my brain after a few plays and urge revisits.
Overall the soundstage always is appealingly deep and wide, instruments spread out and distinct- an expansive sound giving the ears space to breathe (yes I know that doesn’t make sense). I find myself drawn to the guitar work ( not sure if its Ed or Rich), and Rich’s sometimes fragile, underpowered vocals still carve out a place and help everything retain that calm, relaxed vibe that distinguishes their music for me.
I am still letting the new album settle in but the opener Rockscraper and later tracks like Inside the Ride, Battleships and Delicate seem destined to emerge as favourites – here’s wishing UTI success with this and getting a wider audience (despite their extraordinary 349 millions MySpace friends)