(SXSW and Great Escape 2014 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #287: Douglas Dare

By on Tuesday, 28th January 2014 at 12:00 pm
 

Singer Douglas Dare may be an odd duck in the crowded field of solo artists. He’s not your run of the mill singer/songwriter. He is first a wordsmith, crafting poetry and short prose that he later uses to develop into lyrics. Based in London, this musician from South West England could make a splash with his uncommon and sophisticated style.

When casting about for comparisons, the prevalence of the ’piano man’ seems to be oddly lacking at the moment. We have Tom Odell of course, and a passing similarity to James Blake since the instrument he plays has a keyboard. But both those comparisons ring hollow to me. Dare’s maturity seems to vastly surpass both of these peers. At times he says he has sat at the piano to write and “only when my wrists start to ache that I think to stop”. Not content to dwell within a genre, it’s neither pop, nor electronic, or even indie, Dare’s music is both simple and developed and surely not your standard musical fare.

Dare is currently at work on his first album but shows great promise in the four-track EP ‘Seven Hours’ from Erased Tapes. His work focuses on a simple piano line and a rich, haunting voice. This is not so say the composition is simple though. Electronic percussion gives it an off-kilter sound that unbalances the potentially modest sound. He owes this magic to his friend and producer Fabian Prynn. Thoughtful and intently hewn, it is not bright, happy music but it does walk a fine line between too melancholy and just right.

Despite the fact that he is on our radar because of SXSW in March, Dare has also been announced for the Great Escape in Brighton, a favourite festival here at TGTF taking place in May. Check him out, he may have songs from his forthcoming debut out for a listen.

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