Rhythm Seed Artist Spotlight On Ultraísta
Ultraísta, the multimedia trio comprised of vocalist/artist Laura Bettinson and multi-instrumentalist/producers Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Beck, Paul McCartney) and Joey Waronker (everybody else), will see the U.S. release of its self-titled debut album October 2 on Temporary Residence.
Founded in London in 2011 on a mutual love of Afrobeat, electronic and dance music, visual art, and tequila, Ultraísta has created 10 tracks of exquisitely crafted electronic kraut-pop for this phenomenal first outing.
Favoring mantras over traditional choruses and distilling their compositions to the barest essentials, the band possesses the kind of masterful control over the pure anatomy of a pop song that only comes from having played a significant role in redefining the form in the 21st century.
Listen for yourself. This is “Bad Insect”:
As for the band name – It seems to have been inspired by the Ultraist movement, which took root among Spanish poets and authors in the early 20th century. What that has to do with a four-minute pop song is for them to know and us to figure out. In the meantime, hit play on “smalltalk,” the band’s newest video: