Premiere: Light Entertainment’s Ominous, Exciting “Ultra Violent Uganda”

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Light Entertainment © M Harb

Frantic energies scuttle across Light Entertainment’s latest single, but that should come as no surprise: “Ultra Violent Uganda” boasts an ominous name and gruesome artwork, a warning of what’s to come.

God descends to earth
Uganda is on the run,
are you in the city n’ are you having fun?
Falling out against the frame,
and radios will wash away
all the tropes and fears,
and they’ll blame you.
Listen: “Ultra Violent Uganda” – Light Entertainment
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Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Ultra Violent Uganda,” the second single off Light Entertainment’s upcoming debut album Strangle Risky // Fall Good. The ambitious Australian quartet faithfully follows through in getting our hair to stand on edge with a dark, saxophone-driven song that’s at once harrowing, and yet totally open to interpretation.

Ultra Violent Uganda - Light Entertainment
Ultra Violent Uganda – Light Entertainment
So burn me in the middle
I wash myself for days
a mantra with no meaning yet you talk
So burn me in the middle
I wash myself for days
a mantra with no meaning
so just watch it all go fade away.

In premiering Light Entertainment’s 7.5-minute debut single “Tableaux,” we noted the mix of styles that flourish under the band’s wing – the quartet incorporate elements jazz, rock, blues, psychedelic, hip-hop, and more into music that is so intrinsically unique, that the term “experimental” is less descriptive and more offensive to their sound.

The barrage of colors continues on “Ultra Violent Uganda” as saxophonist Jack Cordukes is given free reign to go wild – and wild, he goes. The song allows for multiple solos for various instruments, but it is the saxophone the shines the brightest, with quick, impassioned movements that go from beautiful to – dare we go there? – violent, quite fast.

Light Entertainment refuse to be put in a box: Their sophomore single is starkly different from their debut, a distinction that furthers their already potent allure. Whatever they have in store for us with Strangle Risky // Fall Good will surely be an adventure unto itself. Meanwhile, “Ultra Violent Uganda” is here to get our heads spinning and ears ringing with life-threatening excitement.

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