With 1998's Ocean Songs, Melbourne trio the Dirty Three ditched the slow/fast-soft/loud wild ride aesthetic that characterised much of their work up to Horse Stories in favour of an immediacy directly encapsulating the essence of a particular feeling. Usually - but by no means always - that feeling is an achingly sad sense of longing; and on UFKOKO, the skeletal non-production further lays bare the pathos beating at the heart of the violin/guitar/drums line-up, revealing a decrepit beauty of stirring depth. This release is something of a patchwork affair though - three of UFKUKO's five tracks made up the bonus disc twinned with initial copies of Ocean Songs, while other waves of familiarity surface like half-glimpsed remembrances. 'Mihelko's Arm' reprises the melody of 'Better Get Home Now' from 1995's Dirty Three, presented in the same haunting, naked context in which it was used in the soul-wrenching Nick Cave collaboration, 'Time Jesum Transeuntum Et Non Riverentum', on the Songs In The Key Of X soundtrack. Coincidentally, that's also where you may have heard the swelling, ascending pattern of the 'Three Wheels' midsection; but while these thematic elements recur, both 'Mihelko's Arm' and 'Three Wheels' maintain an independent existence, their motifs as diversely applicable as the feelings of desire, loss and poignancy they embody. The galloping, feverish 'To Aster!' is at something of a counterpoint to the other songs here, boiling over with a shriek of feedback; while 'Cast Adrift' and 'Wish I Could' are two Chicago-recorded out-takes running along Ocean Songs' mournful, meandering lines, the latter's delicate nine minute cycle closing the EP with a subdued elegance. The Dirty Three are quite unlike other groups working with the contemporary instrumental form -- emotional resonance is never sacrificed to cerebral artistry, and self-awareness runs secondary to unbridled self-expression, making UFKUKO an affecting thirty minutes.