15 Songs, 1 Hour 19 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The idea that Ultravisitor is Squarepusher’s most serious and sincere album is supported by the cover art: an unadorned portrait of Tom Jenkinson staring impassively at the camera as if to say, “I have nothing to hide.” Jenkinson had long employed his jazz chops (on bass, drums, and keyboards), but never with the nakedness of “I Fulcrum,” “Tommib Help Buss," and “Andrei.” The last refers to Andrei Volkonsky, one of many composers Jenkinson cited in an interview before the album’s release. He said that Ultravisitor "brings to mind all the problematic figures that I have loved endlessly and yet remain as unknown to me as the first time I came across them.” His interest in avant-garde and classical composition is more pronounced on Ultravisitor, and many of the titles contain references to science and engineering. Whether with the quiet chamber music of “Every Day I Love,” the abstract noise of “Telluric Piece,” or the heavy metal electronica of “Steinbolt,” this is an album in which you can feel Jenkinson communicating with past generations of ambitious artists and thinkers.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The idea that Ultravisitor is Squarepusher’s most serious and sincere album is supported by the cover art: an unadorned portrait of Tom Jenkinson staring impassively at the camera as if to say, “I have nothing to hide.” Jenkinson had long employed his jazz chops (on bass, drums, and keyboards), but never with the nakedness of “I Fulcrum,” “Tommib Help Buss," and “Andrei.” The last refers to Andrei Volkonsky, one of many composers Jenkinson cited in an interview before the album’s release. He said that Ultravisitor "brings to mind all the problematic figures that I have loved endlessly and yet remain as unknown to me as the first time I came across them.” His interest in avant-garde and classical composition is more pronounced on Ultravisitor, and many of the titles contain references to science and engineering. Whether with the quiet chamber music of “Every Day I Love,” the abstract noise of “Telluric Piece,” or the heavy metal electronica of “Steinbolt,” this is an album in which you can feel Jenkinson communicating with past generations of ambitious artists and thinkers.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

The Ruiner ,

Complex Brilliance

This is a good introduction to Squarepusher, as the music varies between nu-jazz, jungle, and even warm guitar-only diversions. This isn't music for the radio pop crowd. Squarepusher has masterfully created this record. Everything about it is off-putting and astounding, from the production to the track sequence. The music is relatively jazzy and warm in the beginning, but becomes harder and colder, ending with the great "Every Day I Love". If you're new to SP's music, you'll probably have to listen to the record more than once to fully appreciate the complex intricacies that are in the music. I can't reccomend only a couple songs that ar good. "Ultravisitor" (the album) works best as a cohesive whole.

A must buy.

merda ,

I would pay

10 dollars for Iambic 9 Poetry alone

ParadoxVincent ,

Beloved

This has to be one of my favorite albums ever. By far the best track would be "lambic 9 Poety" easily demonstating that IDM can and will go live.

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