I have to say I've been following Lucia Fenix's career very closely over the years and her last project Unknown Land is actually stunning. But let me firstly introduce ULKD. This band is a duo project whose members live in very different and distant countries: Lucia Fenix, a chilean musician and singer with diverse industrial / electronic music works and Rob Bryant, a talented australian musician with a vast and interesting background. Both of them have joined forces to make this real. It's been a long journey before this album came to light and I'm very pleased to listen to the debut album with such marvelous songs. So here is my album review.
1. Pulse. Excellent vocals and chorus at their best. Atmosphere of this song is pretty nice. The electro strokes give that special touch that become this song my favorite of the whole set. By the way, the electro-like synth lines are vibrant and terrific!
2. Deep. Like its name says, this is a very deep theme. Depressive and self-destructive lyrics with strong sounds that evoke a free fall into the fauces of void. A very Atticus Ross-like style, but with the unique UKLD's seal.
3. Risk. Please, don't misunderstand my comparisons, but when some track brings me some memories that's a good sign. The very beginning of this song has made me to immediately remember David Bowie. After that, an interesting mix of industrial sounds and variable voices build this song up which starts and ends up in a clean and powerful way.
4. Reaction. It reminds me of a Sharon Apple's theme (only some freaks will be able to get it). Stunning surrounding music in addition to robotic voices. Pure electronic and nice melodies all mixed up into a nice concept.
5. The fall. At this point a strong idea comes to my mind: what if all of these tracks had no voices? I think music would keep by itself outstanding, but Lucia's vocals are amazing and make this album a great work. I very like the oppressiveness from songs like this.
6. Storm. This is an interesting song, because it's like a deep blue story with highs and lows. The piano and strings are amazing. What else can I say about this masterpiece? Despite the name this is like an oasis in the Desert of Sadness.
7. Salvation. Those Siouxsie-style voices are interesting. Or maybe Debbie Harry as well? As I said, when nice music brings me nice memories that's a win-win and this album shines on its own merit. Bravo!
8. Dream. The guitar's intro and subtle chords throughout the song are very special. And a special thing I have not mentioned yet is the "dialog" that singer holds along the entire album. Phrases and whispers that travel from one side to another through your ears like an inner voice.
9. Fade. Rob Bryant is a master when it comes down to create atmosphere. I take my hat off to this. A brilliant track with a few but effective samples: the bassline, pads, echoes and sad guitars! Everything is exceptional here. Solid, direct, beautiful and "excited" theme. What else? My second favorite choice.
10. Memento mori: Dark, dense, but superb track. Organic sounds bring you to immerse yourself into a deep world of consciousness. Some reminiscences of Delerium's "Reflections I" album and that's is a good comparison.
If I could define this work with a single word, I'd just say: OUTSTANDING! Sometimes a breath of fresh air is needed after so much rubbish and disrespect for music we see every day. My thumbs up for this. Looking forward to listening
to more tracks like these.