London’s Douglas Dare to Release the Poetic Whelm LP on Erased Tapes this May, touring the US with Nils Frahm this March

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Monday, March 3, 2014

UK singer/songwriter Douglas Dare will be releasing his debut album Whelm in May. He will be heading to the U.S. to tour with Erased Tapes label mate Nils Frahm. Check out the track “Nile” below, which showcases Dare’s knack for softer melodic hooks that draw you in right from the start.

London-based singer-songwriter Douglas Dare releases his debut album Whelm on Erased Tapes. With the piano at the core, Dare vocalises his short prose and poems to a backdrop of drums, electronics and brass…

It was in November last year that the duo Douglas Dare and producer/percussionist Fabian Prynn decided to record an album, and by January they were listening to it. Finding themselves out of the home-studio for the first time, the pair recorded much of the album in Flood’s studio Assault & Battery in West London. Other touches were recorded back in Fabian’s home. With the comfort of familiar songs from his live set, such as Clockwork, Caroline and London’s Rose, the session was equally driven by the excitement of creating brand new tracks like Nile, Swim and Unrest in a new environment.

The recordings began with finding the perfect piano – a grand piano, battered and bruised, but with a beautiful sound. Flood’s studio provided a treasure trove of gear, including Dare’s favourite new instrument, the Mini Moog, which inspired bass parts on tracks like Unrest. Prynn engineered, produced and mixed the record, and with just the two of them involved from start to finish, their vision for the album remained clear and unclouded.

Lyrically, Whelm is often written from other people’s perspectives, with a few of the songs stemming from historical events. London’s Rose for example came from a poem Douglas wrote about the use of underground stations as bomb shelters during WWII; whilst Whitewash addresses the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland, and Clockwork was inspired by the Antikythera Mechanism, an ancient analogue computer found in the ocean. Despite the weight to some of these subjects, Dare has always enjoyed the use of plain language that is simple and very human. Most of his songs begin with words, as it’s the stories that inspire the music.

Whelm will be released incl. lyric book Nine Poems on CD, Vinyl and Download via Erased Tapes on May 12, 2014.


US TOUR w/ Nils Frahm

15.03 LOS ANGELES (US) Bootleg Theater › tickets
16.03 SAN FRANCISCO (US) The Independent › tickets
18.03 SEATTLE (US) The Triple Door › tickets (2 shows)
19.03 PORTLAND (US) Mississippi Studios › tickets
20.03 VANCOUVER (CA) Electric Owl › tickets
21.03 CHICAGO (US) Constellation › tickets
22.03 (CA) TORONTO Underground at the Drake › tickets
23.03 MONTREAL (CA) L’Astral › tickets
25.03 BOSTON (US) David Friend Recital Hall › tickets
26.03 BROOKLYN (US) Glasslands › tickets (2 shows)
27.03 PHILADELPHIA (US) First Unitarian Church › tickets
28.03 BETHESDA (US) The Mansion at Strathmore › tickets

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