Ulysses Wells will release his much-anticipated debut EP Can’t Take It Much Longer on 25 September 2020 via Du Monde Records.
The release marks the beginning of a coherent collection of EPs, channelling Wells’ soaring atmospheric guitars with distinctive gritty vocals; introspecting deeply into his mania and resultant crawl back to serenity.
Hailing from Banbury in Oxfordshire, Wells spent months locked away honing this new work in a shed. Can’t Take It Much Longer is Wells; first with Du Monde Records. Well’s signed by Woody from Bastille who owns the label after catching Wells’ live performance whilst on the road together last year. The first track of the EP Fooled smashes its way into conciseness swinging its fists to mark its arrival Boasting a killer bass line plus a squalling, hair-raising guitar solo. You Walked Out, meanwhile, walks a tightrope over electronic, hip hop and scuzzy punk as Wells parts with agonised, distorted vocals over a brutal soundscape.
The EP’s title track Can’t Take It Much Longer gradually introduces us to a mollified style in Wells Building into an explosion of emotion and previously unheard influences. The final track of the EP, Drift, is conversely stripped back, fully exposing Wells through the closeness of its delivery, and leaves the door a touch ajar for that second EP.
Speaking about the release Wells explains “I’ve used 3 main themes to write these EPs, with Can’t Take It Much Longer based on contemplation: for this first EP the songs stretch back 3 years and give contrast to what people have previously heard, to share a gentler side. I used lockdown to pull unfinished tunes out of the fridge and rework and produce them, working via Skype with the band and producer/mixers. Can’t Take It Much Longer is the first song I have produced myself, with most of the tracking of the EP completed either in my sisters flat in West Ealing or in Liverpool with the fantastic Rich Turvey.”
Wells’ uses quirky electronic effects and unusual glitchy guitar models, a nod to forward-thinking artists such as Tame Impala, Little Simz and the Black Keys. This gives Wells’ music a futuristic edge that, until now, has been sorely lacking in modern British guitar-driven music. Wells spent much of 2019 generating a formidable reputation as an unmissable live artist through touring with aforementioned Bastille and Barns Courtney; he is raring to get back to shows after the interruptions of 2020.
Ulysses Wells Can’t Take It Much Longer EP is released out Friday 25 September 2020 on Du Monde Records. More links, news and information about Ulysses Wells can be accessed via his Facebook page and Twitter from where he tweets as @Ulysses_Wells.