Ultimatum

bark48: The Long Winters / Ultimatum

bark48 · CD-EP / DIGITAL · Barsuk Records · October 2005
tcg036 · LP · The Control Group · October 2006

1.
The Commander Thinks Aloud
2.
Ultimatum
3.
Everything Is Talking
4.
Delicate Hands
5.
Bride And Bridle (live)
6.
Ultimatum (live)

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1.
The Commander Thinks Aloud
2.
Ultimatum
3.
Everything Is Talking
4.
Delicate Hands
5.
Bride And Bridle (live)
6.
Ultimatum (live)

Ultimatum is a spare six-song snapshot of the oblique and poetic-minded side of astounding songwriter and Winters bandleader John Roderick. At times sparse, at times warmly lush, this collection of songs is always intensely beautiful, stretching from simple vocal-and-guitar folk balladry to orchestral grandeur to band-driven electro psych-pop and largely leaving aside the guitar pop rave-ups with which Roderick is equally comfortable. The band's first release since 2003's When I Pretend To Fall, the EP is an enticing set-up for the band's upcoming '06 full-length and that rarest of things: an EP that stands on its own as a great record from a band that has already set a high standard for themselves.

Copper Press:
If there is a poet laureate of rock n' roll after Paul Westerberg it may be Roderick, who can make us laugh as often as he can break our hearts