Monads of Magnolia was the 3rd tape released by the band in 1987, before going into Foel studio and recording our signed album ‘Flaming Khaos’.
The Band was in full swing by this time, with an established line up, and quite a few festivals and gigs under our belt, often with ‘family friends’ such as Ozrics, Webcore, Earth Nicht, and many more. We were regular performers at the monthly club dog sessions in North London, and had a huge amount of fun and games playing the many ‘free’ festivals in this time that the police were always trying to stop. Racing across fields in our dodgy old bright red 6 wheel transit (with mahogany bumpers and roof rack!) evading police capture whilst trying to get on site…. There were some crazy happenings in this time and one day perhaps we will get to writing it all down somewhere, save to say it was an epic and amazing time, and created a spiritual bond between all members of the band that, to my experience, is a very rare and special thing.
This tape is perhaps the most varied and eclectic mix, although that is a subjective view, and contains some real gems, not least of which is Harmal radio, a stereo walkman recording of Joie and I jamming along to short wave radio in a tiny little grass roofed house in Arambol, Goa, in 1985.
Several of the tracks on this tape made it to the album Flaming Khaos, and two tracks on this tape were recorded with the main band line up ‘live’ in a squat in Forest hill - Honey the Milk, and ‘Things moving about outside’. Both of these tracks, along with’Smile’ present some of Kay’s finest outpourings of eclectic and other worldly poetry… We were constantly amazed at the out there nature of what went on in his head… a real multi dimensional shaman he was… and we miss him dearly.
I have been able to remix his vocals on all 3 songs just mentioned, and it brings his vocal style more into the fore, and you can hear the true depth and character of his voice far more clearly.
Sadly, one of our favourites, ‘Golden Soldier’ seems lost in the mists of time, so the version here is from the original master cassette, which has died many deaths along the way. Still, in spite of this the track holds a great deal of sonic charm with all of the drop outs and glitches and tape phasing.
It has been really quite a moving journey remastering these tapes, but now they can live on as examples of a really special time we shared together as a band.
As always, thank you all for your support. We are deeply honoured :)
Lastly I will add that I have found some great dub ‘versions’ of our stuff from around this time, including a fairly pristine instrumental version of Golden Soldier, and other dub mixes. I shall be compiling them into an album / long ep in the very near future and releasing them here, along with the new dub album that we are currently working on.
There are also 5 more tapes that we made in the early 90’s that I shall be remastering and releasing as and when time allows. Though less well known, there are a few gems tucked away amongst them.
See you out there… The Ullulators live on :)
released June 6, 2017
Nick Van Gelder
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