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Newly mastered by Rashad Becker and making its first appearance on vinyl, 'inside means inside me' finds Ulla in an existential daze, conjuring a solitary phantasy woven around recorded telephone conversations and familiar // hard to place field recordings that are mazy, beautiful and unsettling, with an effect that feels like a flotation tank session inside someone else’s head. Followers of Ulla’s work, Sam Kidel’s ‘Disruptive Muzak’, DJ Lostboi’s ambient hymnals or Vladislav Delay’s Chain Reaction pearls should spend some time inside this one.
Pieced together from airspun recordings made in Philadelphia during spring 2020, ’inside means inside me’ holds a subtle mirror to the new world’s psychic ambiance of existential, slowburn dread. Prizing the sensitively insightful, lower case manner that made Ulla’s 'Tumbling Towards A Wall’ album so memorable, here the sound is more poignant, the dissociative flux used to perhaps more therapeutic effect for an ephemeral reading of the times.
In the first half, Ulla makes a subtly heartbreaking use of fragmented phone calls and shimmering pads, but embedded in the music’s weft they take on an unsettling resolution that’s hard to place. On the flip, more entwined conversations snag in the breeze with location recordings and scudding hypnagogic washes on a signature low key movement that will keep you feeling swaddled but uneasy until the end.