Ultrasound – Mastered by Pete Maher
Ultrasound – Play For Today
Ultrasound are a band I was vaguely aware of many years ago and this is their first album since reforming 11 years after an acrimonious split. Play for Today initially reminded me of The Dears’ No Cities Left but infused with the sound of 80s indie, sonically referencing as it does The Smiths, The La’s, The Stone Roses, Echo & the Bunnymen and a list so long it would be impossible to write the whole thing down. There are also guitar sounds which wouldn’t feel out of place on a Cult album; touches of Beatles–esque psychedelia and moments when Ultrasound seem to be channeling Future of the Left, Elbow and Richard Hawley by turns .
And yet, with all that, it sounds incredibly fresh; greater than the sum of its parts and with numerous rewards to be gained from repeated listening. Play for Today doesn’t feel like a comeback at all. And I suppose in some ways it isn’t; because Ultrasound never really made it – their first flash of fame looks like a warm up or a trial run for the main event that is taking place right now. (Jonathan Tate)