Today marks the release of Compact Trauma, Ulrika Spacek’s first album in five years and a collection of songs that function as a chance treatise of sorts for our current collective condition. I’d argue it’s also their best record to date, coiled and anxious, but also ecstatic, a band pushing at the edge of their abilities, almost falling apart yet somehow lurching forward into new, grander spaces. Anxiety rock: no-one right now does it better. 

Watch the videos for ‘The Sheer Drop‘, ‘If The Wheels Are Coming Off, the Wheels Are Coming Off‘, and ‘No Design‘.

To celebrate the release, the band will be hosting a playback and signing event at London record shop, World of Echo, today (10th March) from 17:00-18:00. Later that same evening, they’ll be throwing a party at The Victoria from 23:00 til late. Free entry for all, though RSVP for the latter perhaps recommended. The band will tour in May and June, all dates below. Tickets available here.

Compact Trauma is released on CD, digital and LP formats – there are three vinyl editions: a frosted clear and red splatter press with a bonus 7″ featuring two exclusive tracks available only via Bandcamp & the Tough Love website (edition of 500), an indie-store only frosted clear and black splatter press (edition of 1250), and a standard black vinyl version.

Buy Compact Trauma here.