About a week after I landed back in Melbourne, I headed down to the Dark Mofo festival in Tasmania to see one of my favourite bands – Ulver – with Ryan from Solkyri and Forecast Tomorrow and some of his mates. There we got to see them play twice – once focusing on their latest synthpop record and another time with the Tasmanian orchestra playing Messe in its entirety. During this time we were playing loads of Ulver as we drove about Tassie and me and Ryan got talking about “the” Ulver chord progression. It appears in Vowels (A Quick Fix of Melancholy EP), Glory Box (Messe) and Glammer Hammer (ATGCLVLSSCAP), So Falls the World (The Assassination of Julius Caesar), The Waltz of King Karl (Svidd Neger) and I’m sure many other places.
A month or so later I start sitting with these pieces and try to determine what it is that links them. It turns out it’s pretty simple: the i X VI iv progression. X being a III chord, a VII chord or, in the case of So Falls the World, nothing. I kept this in the back of my head as something to work with until FAWM.
Then me, Ryan and @froghawk got to talking about collaborating on an Ulver-type track together, which ended up as two linked tracks that have the same chord progression: Dm C Bb Gm / Dm F Bb Gm (that is, i VII VI iv / i III VI iv). We tried to then keep these to classic style of ‘late Ulver’. This means: like Glory Box/Glammer Hammer we’ve leant into the 6 against 4 type sound, tried to strip the lyrics back to their bare minimum and let @froghawk rip with some great Garm-esque harmonies.
And yet, time got ahead of us. The tracks here are almost complete, but we’ll be working on arrangements/drum sounds/vox/textures etc after Feb. Maybe even an EP!
Cameron (@dunwich): Guitars/Bass/Chords/Keys/Mellotron
Ryan: The whole cool sequencer bit/Drums/Keys/Mellotron
Gabe (@froghawk): Glitchy Percussion/Keys
No vox in this version, ran out of time.