Ultimate Painting shares “Bills” today and it presents a more realized sound from the London-based duo of Jack Cooper and James Hoare. You could say that the phrase more realized sound is a euphemism for better production and more instrumentation. “Bills” can be found on Ultimate Painting’s upcoming album, Dusk, which is out on September 30th via Trouble In Mind Records. Have a listen to the jangly “Bills” below.
Ultimate Painting, the duo of Jack Cooper and James Hoare, is pleased to announce the release of their new album, Dusk, on September 30th via Trouble In Mind.
Recorded to tape by James in his East London flat and home studio, Dusk is the third album from the London-based duo, a ten song set that expands the group’s sound from their self-titled debut and their critically acclaimed sophomore effort, Green Lanes. Today, the band shares the first single, “Bills,” a track which dives head-first into a crystalline pool of jangle.
Ultimate Painting are lucky enough to be comprised of two singular voices in Jack Cooper and James Hoare, who met when on tour together with their other bands Mazes and Veronica Falls. The pair’s distinctive songwriting styles began to blur with Green Lanes, but on Dusk it’s hard to tell where Cooper ends and Hoare begins. Their tunes weave in and out of each other like the duo’s respective six-strings, spiraling around each other in a laconic dance.
Album opener and first single “Bills” furthers the duo’s reputation as purveyors of the Verlaine/Lloyd legacy, but despite the evident influence of American guitar pop both past and present, the group has recorded an album that feels decidedly English. Cooper’s abstract poeticism balances perfectly alongside Hoare’s alluring and universal pop leanings. The group has discovered a simple lushness in Dusk’s arrangements, sometimes only with subtle additions like a recently acquired Wurlitzer piano. They’ve tapped into the subtle grace that infects the mood and emotions experienced at times like sunrise and dusk, hopefulness, resignation, ennui.
The casual setting during the album’s recording allowed the sessions and songs to unfold naturally, with James and Jack accompanied by recent live drummer Melissa Rigby, who drums on the entirety of Dusk. Her skills lend a rhythmic elasticity to the songs with jazzy undertones that break from the band’s previously unadorned 4/4 leanings. Dusk feels different and cements the group’s presence in the modern world of guitar pop, finding voice in the allure of quietude.
Dusk will be available on LP, CD, digital, and limited edition purple vinyl.
2. Song for Brian Jones
3. A Portrait Of Jason
4. Lead The Way
5. Monday Morning, Somewhere Central
6. Who Is Your Next Target?
7. Skippool Creek
8. I’m Set Free
9. Silhouetted Shimmering
10. I Can’t Run Anymore
ULTIMATE PAINTING TOUR DATES:
Sat. July 23 – Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party
Mon. July 25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
Tue. July 26 – Big Sur, CA @ Woodsist Festival
Wed. July 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Resident
Thu. July 28 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
Fri. July 29 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar *
Sat. July 30 – Denver, CO @ Underground Music Showcase
Sun. July 31 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Diabolical Records *
Mon. Aug. 1 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux *
Tue. Aug. 2 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett *
Wed. Aug. 3 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret *
Fri. Aug. 5-Sun. Aug. 7 – Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon Festival
Fri. Aug. 26 – Totnes, UK @ Sea Change Festival
Sat. Aug. 27 – Amsterdam, NL @ Amsterdam Woods Festival
Sun. Aug. 28 – Venio, NL @ Zomerfest
Fri. Sept. 23-Sat. Sept. 24 – Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool Festival Of Psychedelia
Fri. Sept. 30 – Manchester, UK @ The Deaf Institute
Sat. Oct. 1 – Manchester, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Sun. Oct. 2 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
Tue. Oct. 4 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare V2
Wed. Oct. 5 – Bristol, UK @ Exchange
Thu. Oct. 6 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Halls
Mon. Oct. 10 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
Tue. Oct. 11 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
Wed. Oct. 12 – Paris, FR @ Le Pop Up du Label
Thu. Oct. 13 – Cologne, DE @ King Georg
Fri. Oct. 14 – Hamburg, DE @ Aalhaus
Sat. Oct. 15 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain Kantine
* with Omni