In the face of fresh academic and political stresses, we’re now all constantly questioning where all the pleasantness went. Turns out the Exchange channelled it all in one evening.
Inside, Ultimate Painting mastered simplifying whilst amplifying modern music. With the most classic arrangement of a 60’s band, what was brought home to the humble crowd was the most easy-listening, self-reflecting bliss that live indie-rock can offer. The aim of the project, to return to basics unsullied by electronic processes, was a step forward in all ways other than literally. The flawless consistency of the bass easily merged into engaging jams every time. Pleasingly audible monologues gave introverted founding members Jack Cooper and James Hoare deserved respect. These voices drifted against a background of sycophantic country guitar (see Central Park Blues), becoming something all music fans really crave – comfort. Not incidentally, it paid perfect homage to Nick Drake’s pleasing ‘Pink Moon’, which was played in its entirety before the set.
Just when things begin to get overly complex, Ultimate Painting artfully show that appreciating the origins can showcase the most refreshing originality.