Nigel Godrich’s Ultraista Put on Light Show for ‘Wash It Over’ Video
The producer extraordinaire gives his other side project some love before the Atoms for Peace LP arrives next month.
While Radiohead producer extraordinaire Nigel Godrich prepares for the eminent arrival of Amok from his and Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace, he hasn’t completely abandoned Ultraísta, the krauty side project he launched last year. In their new video for Ultraísta’s “Wash It Over” (via Stereogum) singer Laura Bettinson sings in front of an array of vivid lights for the song’s duration.
If you get bored watching Bettinson sing for four minutes, a fun game to play while listening to Ultraísta is “Pin the Tail on Godrich’s Production Techniques.” Those icy synths that wash over “Wash It Over” are straight off of Nigel’s work on Beck’s The Information. Those stuttered background vocals that almost form an underlying harmony? Reminiscent of Godrich’s work on Radiohead’s Amnesiac B-side “Kinetic.” “Wash It Over” itself evokes the producer’s past work with Zero 7. It’s like taking a trip down Godrich’s Memory Lane.
While Atoms for Peace may or may not go on tour again, Ultraista does have some shows booked for this month:
January 23 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Underground Arts
January 25 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
January 26 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
January 28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
January 31 – Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge