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Groovy guitar dreams from a London duo that love the Dead

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Now here’s a rock & roll paradox for you: a sunshine-daydream guitar album from the gloomy streets of East London. Ultimate Painting are two British dudes with their own thriving indie bands — Mazes’ Jack Cooper and Veronica Falls’ James Hoare. Together they come up with a deliciously woozy guitar rush, buzzing in the style of the Velvets or the Clean, yet infused by the spirit of the Grateful Dead, as you can guess from titles like “Two From the Vault.” The songs don’t need much time to create a mood — none even reach the four-minute mark — but they all kick in, from the psychedelic late-night babble of “Woken by Noises” and “Kodiak” to the wispy stoner ballad “Out in the Cold.”

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