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Gathering a team of collaborators that includes Jonnine Standish, AK Paul, Sherelle, Marie Davidson and HAAi, Daniel Avery looks back to his earliest inspirations - Portishead, Mogwai, Aphex and David Lynch - on his latest full-length.
What makes a good album? For those of us who grew up hearing the NME and the Melody Maker wax lyrical about tasteful tomes like Portishead's "Dummy" and Mogwai's "Come On Die Young", there's probably a script in mind. Daniel Avery was in this mode when he was conceptualising "Ultra Truth", which he describes as "an entirely new world of sound", inviting a full mob of collaborators to help bring his ideas to life, including Ghost Culture and Manni Dee on co-production, and a crew of vocalists to spice up his well-engineered and emotive electro backdrops.
The title track sets the scene, harnessing a sound that's in the vicinity of "I Care Because You Do"-era AFX. HAAi pops up on robust uptempo roller 'Wall of Sleep', and Jonnine is echoed into the digital ether on 'Only', a track that sounds like trip-hop funelled through a broken shortwave radio. The mood throughout appears to owe most to "Artificial Intelligence"-era IDM - there's even a euphoric acid track called 'Lone Swordsman'. And while there are diversions into other areas (Avery collides with fuzzy jungle on 'Higher' and 'Devotion'), it's the Squarepusher/Plaid/AFX axis that cuts through loudest.