Album Review: URSA – nulla

URSA

Spain’s power trio URSA assault listeners’ ears with highly energetic and sporadic bursts of brilliant dynamics on nulla. Colorful, complex, and superbly catchy, the band’s debut album is an exceptional collection of hyperactive post-rock, progressive rock and noisy flights of fancy, with momentous musicianship infectious hooks scattered throughout. This album is adventurous, imaginative, and surprising. In fact, it’s one of the most fearless and unique albums I’ve heard this year.

URSA - nulla

The opening “I” kickstarts nulla like an auditory coma. On “III,” the music jolts with a start/stop frenzy that’s too tremendous to ignore. The guitarist Marcos Cortes provides an impassioned melody for each wildly creative rhythmic shift, which vary between hectic, tranquil, and atmospheric. Best of all, this song proves to be one of the most inventive and unforeseen tracks I’ve heard all year. The psyched-out guitar work is seductive, and the instrumentation on this tune veers more towards psychedelic swing than anything progressive. It bleeds into the equally exciting, 9-minute banter “IV” and its follow-up “V,” making for completely unexpected stylistic shifts. Finally, “II” is luscious, multifarious, and wholly confident.

nulla is so inimitable. Rarely have I been so impressed with the sheer nonconformity of an album. Then again, it’s equally rare to find a modern band who strives so hard to set itself apart from the pack. Without a doubt, this one is special.

nulla is out now and is available here.

Tracklist:

1. I
2. III
3. IV
4. V
5. II

Line-up:

Robert Arcos – drums
Pol Ortega – bass
Marcos Cortes – guitar

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