Originally introduced in 2013, the Scottish alt-rock band Universal Thee are scheduled to release the LP All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace on the 19th of February 2016.
Since their introduction, whilst remaining a quintet, only two of the originating members remain with Robin Spivey (Guitar), Andrew Perrie (Bass) and Matt Grieve (Drums) joining the line-up.
The album marks the completion of the transition of Universal Thee from their folk-rock starting point, which for those who are new to the band is an almost unrecognisable element, to an alt-rock out-fit.
The penultimate of the ten tracks on All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace – Hounds – discovers the band in mastery of their space, whilst retaining the strong cohesion between lyric and instrumental composition.
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Universal Thee, from Scotland, have just released their latest single – Aranis Natas.
Universal Thee – Aranis Natas
First reviewed in February of last year, Universal Thee, who also charted at number 17 in the New Year Ninety 2014, have created a song in Aranis Natas which has a darker texture, which gives the band a more alt-rock derived flavour.
A smartly structured bass line opens up the five minute track, setting a mood, with the percussion laying down a pivot point. The guitars are allowed to float in a spectral space, whilst the dual vocals provides further layering to the track.
It will be interesting to see if Aranis Natas marks a transition for Universal Thee towards a darker mood, which is certainly somewhere that they prove to be adept songwriters as testified by this new release.