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Album Review: Douglas Dare – Aforager

 
By on Thursday, 13th October 2016 at 11:00 am
 

London-based artist Douglas Dare appears to have changed his image quite a lot since we profiled him ahead of SXSW 2014 2 years ago. This Friday he’ll be releasing a new album on Erased Tapes Records, the revealed black and white cover art showing him blond-haired and barechested, with a ball of hair (and feathers?) coming out of his mouth. ‘Aforger’ follows the artist’s well-regarded debut album ‘Whelm’, which was released in 2014. Here’s what Douglas had to say about the album title and the place from where the music on the new LP came from:

The album title plays with the idea of a forger – someone creating imitations or copies, and reimagines them as the creator of something that’s no longer real. Prior to writing the record, I came out to my father and came out of a long relationship, both were hugely challenging for me and questioned my idea of identity and reality. These thoughts leaked out into the record and formed the core of Aforger. I was determined not to write a break-up album or repeat what I’d done before.

To celebrate the release, he’s letting everyone have a full stream of the entire collection of songs ahead of its release at the end of this week. ‘Aforger’ can be pre-ordered from Erased Tapes here and it will be available on Friday from all good music retailers. He will be playing a headline show at London Electrowerkz on the 8th of November.

 

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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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