||.010 CD (2004)
ULYSSES CD discography In 2004, the Apples in Stereo took a break and various members went to work on solo projects. Head Apple Robert Schneider hooked up with three musicians from his new hometown of Lexington, KY, formed Ulysses, and went the minimalist route. .010 was recorded live around one microphone in Schneider's garage with some vocal and synth overdubs added later. The result is predictably lo-fi and raw, with the sound built around buzzing analog synths and Schneider's clanging rhythm guitar. His songs are more direct as well, with simple chord changes and song structures framing personal lyrics that are mostly untempered by whimsy and driven by heartbreak and separation. Schneider's vocals are still on the cute side but surprisingly emotional; he often breaks into a speaker-rattling shout that is very out of character but very cool. At times recalling some of the beautifully bleak work of the Wedding Present around the time of Seamonsters, at times a barely under control Pavement circa Slanted & Enchanted, Ulysses casts aside any vestiges of neo-psych and heads right to the indie rock mainline. "Television," "Glacier," and "Change" all sound like they could have come out in 1992. If they had, listeners might be getting deluxe editions of .010 right about now and songs like the hooky "Burning You" and "Evening Star" would be on alt-rock classics compilations. That's not to say that when Schneider traded in his membership in the Elephant 6 psych club, he traded in his ability to craft ...
||Gift of Tears CD (2008)
ULYSSES albums "The Gift of Tears" is the long expected new album by Ulysses. After the debut album "Symbioses" in 2003 expectations where high for his new album. "The Gift of Tears" takes off where "Symbioses" left you.
This is the masterpiece on which the progressive rock fans have been waiting for. When the band released its debute, critics saw Ulysses as the new big thing in the genre. With 'The gift of tears' Ulysses released yet another great album and will prove the critics right.
Ulysses has proven to be a band that appeals to a broad audience. This album will appeal to music fans from symphonic rock to progressive metal music. The unique combination of the neo-prog influenced keyboardplayer Ron Mozer and metal oriented guitarist Sylvester Vogelenzang de Jong, gives Ulysses its very distinctive sound. The 7 ...