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Ui - Lifelike [CD]

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Twelve Tracks, Forty-six minutes. Recorded over the last year and a half, this album contains some material intended for such labels as Grand Royal and Lo. Well worth the wait!

1. Drive Until He Sleeps (4:05)
2. Blood in the Air (4:32)
3. Undersided (4.16)
4. Digame (3:54)
5. Laceria (3:30)
6. Molloy's March (3:17)
7. Green Of The Melon (3:23)
8. Spilling (3:40)
9. The Fortunate One Knows No Anxiety (3:54)
10. News To Go Farther (2:09)
11. Acer Rubrum (4:56)
12. Exeunt (4:04)
 Lifelike is the product of a year and a half of real time playing, recording and mixing, hard disc editing, sequencing, sampling and tape splicing. It has 12 songs and fits on one side of a C-90. More than half of the basic recording for Lifelike was done in May of 1997 at Greg Frey's Graphic Sound Studios In Ringoes, New Jersey. In addition to that, Frere-Jones recorded material on digital multitrack over the summer (in his newborn son Sam's bedroom) and did sampler work at his home studio, Remnant; Wright recorded new parts and new arrangements of horn parts at Graphic Sound in October; and Waldmann recorded extra drum parts with Frere-Jones at Remnant in November of 1997. The last two songs to be recorded - "Exeunt" and "Undersided" - were recorded at Graphic Sound in November of 1997 (including the cornet bit). Working closely together, Frere-Jones and engineer Greg Frey then mixed and constructed the album during November and December of 1997.
The material on Lifelike varies greatly in age. "Blood In The Air" is a song that appeared first in Ui's live set in 1993. "Acer Rubrum" had been played live since early 1996. "News To Go Farther" was quoted on "Skeletons" on The Sharpie and has been around since 1993, and "Molloy's March" is a song dating to 1994. "Exeunt" was written in the summer of 1997 for Lifelike while "Laceria" is a brand new sample bed laid under themes from a song played in the early 1990s by Frere-Jones' previous band, Delores. And so on.
Some material heard on Lifelike was originally intended for other releases. For instance, while working with Stereolab at Southern Studios, London in June of 1996, Ui started recording a drum 'n' bass single entitled "Say", which has never been released in it's original form. Wright wrote and recorded horn parts and Waldmann played drum parts which Frere-Jones sampled and sequenced. In the fall of 1996, Luke Vibert used the rough tracks of "Say" for a remix titled "Unknow", available on United Mutations, Volume One (Lo). As 1996 came and went, the band felt that the window of opportunity for a drum 'n' bass single with long horn melodies had closed, so Frere-Jones and Frey integrated the horn parts into existing songs during the mixing and construction of Lifelike in late 1997.
"Blood In The Air", recorded in August of 1996, was originally intended for the Techno Animal Versus Reality collaborative remix album. When the tune was finished in April of 1997, the band realized it had used none of Techno Animal's music, violating the original concept of exchanging tapes and combining material. In August of 1997, Frere-Jones created a new mix from both band's material, entitled The Next Feeding", for Techno Animal.
Two songs on Lifelike - "Spilling" and "The Fortunate One Knows No Anxiety" - were recorded In February of 1997 and originally intended for an EP on Grand Royal records. But since Samuel Frere-Holmes' expected arrival made it impossible to complete both an EP and a new album before June of 1997, Ui reassigned these two songs to Lifelike.

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