Norway - Full Moon 74 - 10/21/02
Here's another electronica/breakbeat/hip-hop/house act located in Bergen taking the name from
the herbal world (Ugress means 'weed'). And another one-man-band act as the sole weed-meister is
one Gisle Martens Meyer (producer/mixer/sampler/musician). Assisted, on some tracks, by singer
Therese Vadem (of Atakama) and bassman Jørn Rathe. Ugress signed with the new Oslo label
Port Azur, and debut album Resound was released last month, after a minor radio hit,
"Loungemeister", earlier this year.
And, yes, a lot of Ugress' material is good stuff. Weed can be beautiful. Playful, witty, and
definitely something for dance floors. The record opens with a bouncy, wall-climbing "Spider-Man
Theme", before "Queen of Darkness" unveil miss Vadem's elegant voice, in a song that could've been
the theme song for an upcoming James Bond film. Catchy indeed, as it strolls across the the floor,
neatly "slow-mo"s through the air. I also find the song "Decepticons" to be working quite well with
her mystique sounding vocals. "Reason To Believe" is one of the tougher tracks, with its heavy
rhythmic parts and suggestive melody. Great. Even though there are some 'fillers' Resound
is absolutely an album worth listening to.
Ugress deserve to be noticed, internationally as well as "at home". They should, along with,
say, Ralph Myerz & The Jack Herren Band and Xploding Plastix, be able to follow up (the more
cheesy sounding) Röyksopp's success outside Norway.
Copyright © 2002 Sam Ples