Renowned producer sets out on his own with Ultraista debut
Ultraista, the new project from producer Nigel Godrich (Beck, Radiohead) is essentially the same band as Atoms for Peace, minus Thom Yorke. Naturally, that’s a little too bad.
Percussion wunderkind and oft collaborator Joey Waronker joins Godrich and vocalist Laura Bettison for a chilled-out take on their respective resumes, and as one would expect, it sounds like a killer cocktail of past projects: an AIR loop here, a Radiohead synth there, but with an added dose of outer-space.
Bettison is given the unenviable task of distinguishing herself from other vocalists Godrich has worked with before (er, Thom Yorke), as well as other female vocalists who typically define this brand of downtempo. For the most part she’s game, especially on the delightfully weird “Easier,” but other cuts, like “Gold Dayzz,” are practically crying out for Yorke’s singular honey-throated inflection.
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