ulver: the assassination of julius caesar (2017)

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feel like it was awkward to discuss this in the "ulver covers prince!" thread even though it sort of lives up to the title as ulver's first synth pop album. anyway, it feels partially like a spiritual successor to depeche mode's ultra but sometimes opens onto really proggy pockets, usually whenever a saxophone appears. i've listened to it six times since yesterday and i'm realllly in love with it, and i'm glad they finally released a proper follow-up to war of the roses, all their live/studio hybrid records (all two of them i guess) were making me worried they were done with like...traditional albums

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Saturday, 8 April 2017 16:25 (two years ago) link

That song is interesting. I've long felt that, since their metal phase, they sound something like a meandering quasi-prog version of Depeche Mode, so it's interesting to see them embrace it and do something this straightforward and hooky. Not a bad tune.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Saturday, 8 April 2017 17:30 (two years ago) link

it's no Shadows of the Sun or Blood Inside but I like it a lot. Lets see how I feel about it once I can afford to buy it and enjoy it properly.

Odysseus, Saturday, 8 April 2017 17:35 (two years ago) link

amazing album that was designed in a lab to appeal to the majority of ilxors

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Saturday, 8 April 2017 20:05 (two years ago) link

yeah I mean I called it as djmartian's desert island record but really this is for us all

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Saturday, 8 April 2017 20:18 (two years ago) link

"opens onto really proggy pockets" sounds promising. I'm more half-hoping for a spiritual successor to Kayo Dot's Coffins on Io .

I did like "Nemoralia" though...

the rockists' red glare (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 9 April 2017 04:48 (two years ago) link

There was no better direction to get me interested into them again. They should really go uptempo and do a post-disco album next (sincerely), their solemnity is holding them back (as much as it's made them) but I really like this so far (third track).

Nabozo, Sunday, 9 April 2017 10:24 (two years ago) link

the susanne sundfor collaboration is surely approaching

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Sunday, 9 April 2017 11:13 (two years ago) link

The last part of Rolling Stone is pretty cool, some of the rest of it is all right. I mostly found this rather dull and enervating, but I don't really expect anything better from them now.

ultros ultros-ghali, Sunday, 9 April 2017 14:59 (two years ago) link

After Kayo Dot as well, I wish these stylistically restless groups would just fucking leave synth-pop alone; but I guess everyone likes that stuff more than me. If the next These New Puritans album sounds like this I'm going to be seriously fucked off.

I mean I don't even mind the idea of pop Ulver since I'm one of the few people who actually enjoys Wars of the Roses

ultros ultros-ghali, Sunday, 9 April 2017 15:03 (two years ago) link

I liked WOTR too, the key change in the opening track gets me every time

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Sunday, 9 April 2017 15:19 (two years ago) link

saxophone parts are courtesy of Nik Turner from Hawkwind iirc

Vlogs from other credible bands such as Shed Seven (DJ Mencap), Sunday, 9 April 2017 15:20 (two years ago) link

and yeah if the noisy bit of Rolling Stone is the only real thing that grabs you then this def isn't an album made with you in mind

Vlogs from other credible bands such as Shed Seven (DJ Mencap), Sunday, 9 April 2017 15:23 (two years ago) link

I much prefer this to Kayo Dot's synthpop efforts tbh

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Sunday, 9 April 2017 15:39 (two years ago) link

xp You're probably right, but I feel I should spend a bit more time with this to see if it clicks. I will say that it is an excellent sounding record at least.

ultros ultros-ghali, Sunday, 9 April 2017 15:46 (two years ago) link

really, really love this—it's so funny to watch the proggy stuff pop up, both structurally and vocally? it's always funny to see synthpop made with aesthetic impulses that are pretty contrary to those of OG synthpop. i obviously get the Depeche Mode thing, but the sense of drama is so much more rawk than it is dance, to me.

maybe that's just what happens when you come into dance by way of krautrock and metal, without having the dancefloor as a space in mind—the approach to masculinity, especially, feels less ironic or reflexive than depeche mode (not that that's a bad thing, it's weirdly refreshing)

austinb, Sunday, 16 April 2017 00:49 (two years ago) link

the cover appears to be bernini's rape of persephone for whatever reason

just another (diamonddave85), Sunday, 16 April 2017 02:12 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

after living with this for a bit, I will allow that the last two songs are a bit of a letdown given how incredible the rest of this is, "1969" in particular is a bit lackluster. but most of this is AOTY material

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Sunday, 30 April 2017 06:09 (two years ago) link

also Youth's mix of "Nemoralia" is really nice and I might actually prefer it to the original

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Sunday, 30 April 2017 06:11 (two years ago) link

the penultimate song is my favorite! and the last track is really weird but i love it

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Sunday, 30 April 2017 14:55 (two years ago) link

helter skelterrrr!!!!!

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Sunday, 30 April 2017 14:55 (two years ago) link

I think 1969 is the only good song on this thing lol

ultros ultros-ghali, Sunday, 30 April 2017 15:05 (two years ago) link

Needless to say, it didn't grow on me. Ah well

ultros ultros-ghali, Sunday, 30 April 2017 15:05 (two years ago) link

This is good, I think. I like it better than War of the Roses, maybe even better than Childhood's End. I tend to like the idea of Depeche Mode better than actually listening to them, and this album is a pretty good realization of what a particular idea of Depeche Mode is like. The lyrics are every bit as pretentious as you could ask for.

o. nate, Sunday, 7 May 2017 02:24 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

I'm really enjoying having no idea who these people are or why they did this album.

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Thursday, 13 July 2017 16:57 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

New EP out this week, featuring two outtakes and an incredible cover of "The Power of Love"


Simon H., Friday, 8 December 2017 13:29 (two years ago) link

eight months pass...

Loving this album. Happened to pick it up and had no idea what to expect - I only have the first three LPs. Have since got the ep mentioned above as well.

Duke, Friday, 31 August 2018 21:45 (one year ago) link

It's great. I'm a little dismayed to discover from this thread that it's apparently unique in their catalogue, I was looking forward to more heavy synth-pop

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Saturday, 1 September 2018 01:49 (one year ago) link

This album of theirs isn't synth-pop really but anyone who hasn't heard it seriously needs to:


obnoxious pun (ultros ultros-ghali), Saturday, 1 September 2018 10:07 (one year ago) link


imago, Saturday, 1 September 2018 10:29 (one year ago) link

Perdition City is kind of synth-pop

imago, Saturday, 1 September 2018 10:30 (one year ago) link

Yeah I think you're in a better location if you're a fan from the "end" rather than the beginning (or of course one can love all of it). Despite their reputation for changing their style every album, the second part of their career is aesthetically consistent. Perdition City is amazing, and I had every reason to think I'd grow out of it, having discovered it 14 years ago.

Nabozo, Saturday, 1 September 2018 10:47 (one year ago) link

Thanks for the recommendations

Duke, Saturday, 1 September 2018 11:05 (one year ago) link

Just got Perdition City. Great stuff. Blood Inside is on its way. I'm also tempted by what I've seen/ heard of the Norwegian National Opera live CD / DVD

Duke, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 18:41 (one year ago) link

Nattens Madrigal is the rare album that actually lives up to the hyperbole in that it really does sound like getting your eardrums blasted by a power sander

if I listen to it at a decent volume my ears ring for a while after. so I'm kinda scared to listen to it unless I turn the volume down in which case what's the point?

frogbs, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 19:12 (one year ago) link

Those high frequencies!

Duke, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 19:50 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

Getting into Blood Inside. Can't get my home surveillance device to recognize when I'm asking to play this band.

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Sunday, 30 September 2018 01:36 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

New song "Russian Doll" very much in the same mode as Julius Caesar. Anyone know if this is a one-off?


bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Friday, 14 February 2020 13:49 (two weeks ago) link

can't say I love it. sounds really old fashioned

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Friday, 14 February 2020 14:33 (two weeks ago) link

i like the song! a little more discursive than the julius caesar stuff but maybe that's good! the video is awesome


american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 14 February 2020 16:20 (two weeks ago) link

xpost to simon: the press release i got today suggests an album is coming out this year

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 14 February 2020 16:22 (two weeks ago) link

nice video, cool t-shirt

Dinsdale, Sunday, 16 February 2020 13:47 (one week ago) link

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