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A Quick Fix of Melancholy EP


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  • Audio CD (August 26, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: The End Records
  • ASIN: B0000AUHOW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,378 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Little Blue Bird
2. Doom Sticks
3. Vowels
4. Eitttlane

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By IcemanJ VINE VOICE on September 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Ulver's CD's are all so diverse and always go in such unpredictable directions, that it is now predictable that their next achievement will be unpredictable. This CD mostly contains synthesized (I think) and non-synthesized violins and string instruments, and some opera vocals in addition to their main electronic sound.
"Little Blue Bird" starts off with a double string melody, one that continues throughout the whole song to paint the main atmosphere. There are some strange opera vocals that you thought you'd never find in an Ulver song in the background, until Garm starts singing his haunting and soothing vocal melodies. After he is finished, the beat picks up but the tempo stays the same, and strange electronic noises are added to the mix, until the song fades out into the main theme from which it started.
"Doom Sticks" starts with a sound I can only describe as an electronic melody, although not a monotonous beeping sound or anything - and then adds what I can only think of as distant synthesized bells, or just a general cool sounding sound that isn't supposed to sound like anything. Then there are some more synthesized trumpets, I guess, then violins... This song is entirely instrumental.
"Vowels" is my favorite on the CD, which starts off with violin or some string instrument plucking, a magical distant bell melody, and strong, male "opera" vocals - It might be Garm but I can't tell. It sounds like he is just singing random words that seem to be printed on the CD itself. This song only has vocals at the beginning and then goes into incredible layered instrumentals with all the elements I've already described. At the end, the more upbeat and layered violin playing section might as well be the local symphony orchestra playing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on January 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
If this doesn't get a person drooling for the next full-length Ulver release, nothing will. Even at just around 20-minutes, this little disc has given me more enjoyment this year than most full-length releases. The music of the first three tracks have an electronic-orchestral sound to them, formulated by the pulsing beats and shards of static, along with synthesized strings and the godly (literally), operatic voice of Garm. As much as I think synthed strings have a tendency to suck and sound awful, Ulver makes them work. "Blue Bird" applies layers and layers of strings, further textured by ghostly voices, electronic squealing, and what might be faint, processed acoustic guitar chords. Garm's voice enters -- processed heavily, echoing, multitracked, and out of sync, gradually growing more desperate and uninhibited -- and it is one of his spookiest performances yet recorded. On "Doom Sticks", a repetitive melody is set as the foil between colliding cross-rhythms of synthed strings, then the heavy electronic beats come in but since the arrangement emulates orchestral percussion is works wonderfully. "Vowels" adopts an Eastern motif for its main chord progression on synthed chimes, with jagged orchestral strikes illuminating Garm's indecipherable chanting. "Eitttlane" is a remix of "Nattleite" from _Kveldssanger_, and it is beautifully done. They way Ulver applies the electronics gives the song added urgency and tension. If they remixed that whole album I'd buy it in a heartbeat. So, in conclusion to this quick little review, go buy _A Quick Fix of Melancholy_.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erik Tomren on August 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Nominated for a Spellemannspris (Norwegian grammy) in 2002 for their soundtrack to the Swedish short film "Lyckantropen," Ulver continue their ongoing electronica experiment with this brilliant ep from 2003. Composed of only four tracks, this little gem is a "quick fix" indeed. Short descriptions follow:

1. "Little Blue Bird" features a lush string arrangement and ghostly, operatic vocals from Garm (now known as Trickster G). What sounds like samples of an answering machine intermittently weave in and out before the track ends with a burst of electronic static, and then a sense of calm.

2. "Doom Sticks" has an almost somber, war-like aesthetic and might not seem out of place on a Der Blutharsch album. The use of distorted synthetic strings and dull, plodding brass interludes are nearly epic in their scope, while the track is pushed along by an infectiously programmed militaristic jungle beat.

3. "Vowels" begans quite simply, allowing Garm to showcase his considerable vocal skills over a minimalist arrangement. The latter half of the track becomes increasingly complex, with many different musical ideas, all meticulously programmed, vying for attention.

4. "Eittlane" is a remix of sorts of the track "Nattleite" from the 1995 acoustic album Kveldssanger. This track is the least engaging of the bunch, but serves a nice come-down from an exhausting musical journey.

With A Quick Fix of Melancholy, Ulver have created a mini-masterpiece, the type of release you don't want to ever leave your player. Combining the suffocating darkness of Coil with the humanism of Radiohead, Ulver transcends genre description and begs to be heard, and not written about.
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