01 Abandoned (5:00)
02 And… forgotten (4:43)
Total time 9:43
7” single released by The Ajna Offensive, USA, 1999
Ultra was an experimental music trio from Seattle composed of R. Stanford King, Wesley Mark and Jon Carlson with several LP releases on DOM America, the US branch of the German DOM label. They started recording their trademark deranged music in 1986 – an unusual mix of unsettling melodies, weird sounds, obsessive synth loops, occasional piano compositions courtesy Brad Anderson (on the remarkable Stain CD) and undecipherable vocals. On this single they were augmented by Eric Lanzillotta on ‘stringboards and sound sculpture’ – the latter, founder of Anomalous Records, now runs the Bixobal zine. The pasted color pictures of Hans Bellmer and the gatefold sleeve with inserts give this release a real classy touch, while the 2 tracks are based on synth loops and weird background sounds. Their references quotes Surrealism, Roland Barthes’ erotic writings, Sade,… Their idea of surrealism ranges from the plain absurd to the greatly deranged, including deviant sexuality, scatology and spontaneous poetry. This 7” offers a pair of synth loops tracks, augmented by bass drones and obscure, hushed vocals, creating an unsettling feeling of witnessing some dark alcove secret.