05 March 2010
Ulaan Khol "III" & limited 'Ceremony' series box now available!
At times recalling Neil Young's score for Jarmusch's Dead Man, III is Steven R. Smith's (Hala Strana, Thuja, etc) masterstroke. Not only does this work tie together all three Ulaan Khol releases into a cohesive whole (the 'Ceremony' series), it also stands alone as a groundbreaking, breathtaking amalgam of heavy Komische & basement psychedelic madness.
"'III' is as immediate as a truck with failed brakes crashing through your living room wall. The third and final installment of a trilogy entitled Ceremony, its opening moments rage and wail, with distorted guitars pulling out in front of the drums like hellhounds that have slipped their master's leesh. But this isn't a mono-dimensional freak-out. Smith paces himself, pulling back into brooding drones and pensive picking before lashing out once more. As befits a journey that's taken three discs to unfold, it ends with a grand gesture; the final melody is as epic as Roy Montgomery's mid-'90s work, and it unfurls over a landscape of blasted wah-wah licks and feeback that somehow reconcile The Stooges and Popul Vuh." - Bill Meyer, Signal to Noise
As an added bonus to fans of the Ulaan Khol releases, we're pleased to offer - while they last - a limited edition handmade birch box that nimbly fits all three volumes of the Ceremony series. An edition of 75 printed / stamped boxes, built by Andie Mazarol (Mother of Fire, Myrrh, etc) & Marshall LaCourt (Dark Dark Dark) in Minneapolis; these will only be available direct from Soft Abuse or from Steven R. Smith via his Worstward web site.
Shoddy photo aside, here's the box -
Ulaan Khol's "III" as well as the limited Ceremony box may be purchased here.
Ulaan Khol I and II are still available, too.