Listen: Ugly Share New Single ‘Shepherd’s Carol’

The Folk-Rock group reach new heights on ‘Shepherd’s Carol’ ahead of debut EP ‘Twice Around The Sun’ due April 7th.

On the eve of their UK tour with Lime Garden and not too long after supporting fellow Cambridge band Black Country, New Road, Ugly release ‘Shepherd’s Carol’. The track begins with a plucky guitar via Samuel Goater launching the song into flight. The bass grounds the piece with a glimmer of synth used throughout the 5 minutes. The vocals here, as per usual for Ugly, are truly grand with hints of choral as they tie the piece together nicely.

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On the Track, Ugly have said “‘Shepherd’s carol is a song that has undergone many revisions and forms over the past couple of years. Its lyrics play with pastoral and sinister themes, being a little more humorous and playful than previous songs. Similarly to many of the other tracks on the upcoming EP – this song gave the band the freedom and a different segue and opportunity to explore what could be done with vocal arrangements with the (then new) formation of Ugly.”

This song, like many others of Ugly’s is difficult to trace exactly where the inspiration came from. Partially because of multiple revisions, but also having so many voices that add their own inspirations and influences – challenging the listener to pinpoint exactly what they’re hearing. This is something that the band hopes to continue with new material this year.

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