In any properly run universe Ultrasound would have won shedloads of awards and would continually be on one ecstatic wold tour after another with the world music press at their feet.
Unfortunately we live in this one with 13 years ago everything picture underrated to a level that was nothing short of criminal. They split and all we were left with was one stunning album and what might have been.
But against all odds, they're back AND how! There is no doubt that Play For Today is their next album, it's very definitely Ultrasound, but this is grown up and refined. They know what they want, what they want to say and are going for it. There are no rather self indulgent 40 minute tracks, this is judged to perfection.
There are influences but they are very much themselves, the songs are personal, passionate, wrenching, funny, clever, moving, anthemic, epic. They pour everything into this album and it shows. It grows with each and every playing, you're continually hearing something new. Of course there are standouts, but there's not a duff moment to be had, and at the end, you're left wanting more, and reaching for 'play' all over again.
Play for Today is probably my album of 2012 and considering other releases this year thats one hell of a big deal. Buy it, just buy it. You'll find the same.
If there is any justice Ultrasound may yet have the future they deserve.