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Ever a hotbed for fresh musical talent, Oxford has long had a reputation for producing some of the countries finest, and with this debut EP from rapidly emerging darling’s of the local scene Ute – it is a reputation set to be enhanced.
Coming off the back of a splendid 2010 which has seen them impress at BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend, Truck, Secret Garden Part and Wychwood – the boys finally committed their enthralling live set to record. Taking lo-fi indie roots and merging them with the kind of rambunctious, speaker-blowing noise normally reserved for those of the more rock and roll persuasion, this is a record that undulates from the tender to the devastating.
Etheral at times, terrifying at others – this is a Viking feast of a record which fuses a whole host of glorious influences and delivers a must-listen, and listen again. Lush harmonious vocals traverse shuddering bass riffs, whilst unnerving guitar riffs loop over - the pace shifting from delicate tenderness to storm-rumbling swiftness…
It’s no wonder that Huw Stephens, Bethan Elfyn, Tom Robinson have all pledged their allegiance over the last 6 months… And that BBC Oxford felt it necessary to run an hour-long programme dedicated solely to the 3-piece. It may be a cliché to suggest that Ute are Oxford’s best-kept secret, but plans are afoot to wake more than just the dreaming spires…
Ute will be accompanying the record with a mini-tour
4th Edge of the Wedge - Southsea
5th December - TBC
6th December – Bristol, TBC
7th December – London, Old Blue Last
8th December – Oxford, The Cellar
9th December – Northampton, The Labour Club
'Adventurous Oxford trio pushing the envelope: a challenging, rewarding listen. Great lyrics'
Tom Robinson | BBC 6Music
Oxford trio Ute are a particular treat.'
Chris Salmon| The Guardian Newspaper
The ambitious trio take a new slant on folk, incorporating hand clapping into their intricate rhythms and overlapping harmonies, and the effect is mesmeric'.
Elisa Bray | The Independent Newspaper
Intricate, click-clack rhythms collide with sparse hand claps and soaring harmonies, led by beautifully fragile Thom Yorke-esque lead vocals.'
BBC Radio 1 | Big Weekend
Release/catalogue number: Alcopop044
Release date: Dec 6, 2010