Spine-tingling ambient that will tumble around your brain long after the music stops.
Tumbling Towards A Wall is by far Ulla's most crystalized effort yet, with jolty rhythmic patterns that plop into each other like stalactite drips. This percussive push feels like a nod to her frequent collaborators at West Mineral Ltd., who've been sculpting their rich ambient sound since 2018. Despite the stylistic evolutions, the record still feels distinctly Ulla. "something i can't show" highlights the LP's intimate qualities with a wistful melody that reluctantly repeats amidst ebbing electronic blooms. "soak" moves beyond ambient thanks to its nimble clicks. There are many peaks and valleys like this, but every song maintains a certain tenderness. Listening through feels like reading a diary over someone's shoulder, personal and embedded with secrets and references only the writer understands.
Tumbling Towards A Wall is easygoing, right down to the way it dropped. (It was announced the night before its release.) It's also the first physical release from Berlin-based producer uon's ambient label Experiences Ltd., and solidifies the cult of Ulla. There was no need for a multi-week PR spiel or online lead-up—fans have been watching and waiting to see what she did next, so all they needed was a link. As the supple chords of "i think my tears have become good" slowly tumble around your brain, building a listening experience that's simple yet rich, the big picture becomes obvious. Everything Ulla wants to say is hidden in plain sight, right there in the music.