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Ultramarine, Folk LP (reissue, remaster)

An appreciable number of releases are long overdue a revival, but London-based label Foam On A Wave did their part by celebrating the 30th anniversary of Ultramarine’s debut LP Folk.
Since the album is too delightfully dense for ordinary vocabulary to describe, we’d say that Folk is a vibrant piece of continuum following the structurally wild spirit of Miles Davis‘ On the Corner. 

From the press release: Conceived at a time when technology began reshaping the process of recording and production, the band’s interest in fusing the organic and the electronic is apparent, and one which would remain with them for the rest of their career.

Listen to the full album and order via Bandcamp

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