On the 14th October Erased Tapes are releasing Douglas Dare’s second album AFORGER.
Douglas Dare is a London-based recording artist, most recently recording at Abby Road Studios. The singer-songwriter and pianist has completed his 2015 European headline tour and is now ready to get back on the road this winter with his new album. This mellow yet passionate album has very chilled vibes, featuring calm percussion and cyclic electronic aspects. It is clear that Dare is really questioning his reality in this album as it covers issues of personal identities and relationships – though after saying he didn’t want to write a break-up album, he isn’t far off one in his own style.
One of the prerelease songs New York (video out now) is a raw track with a darkness to it. When discussing this song, Dare disclosed the foundations of this song developing from a magical trip to New York with his boyfriend, memories of which are tainted on discovery of lies between them. This lead him to write the questioning lyrics wondering if any of that trip was real; whether it was “in our eyes, or just mine”. Although, the song is coming from a place of passion it has a detached feel, making something very emotive easy listening yet interesting.
A single I fell in love with is Greenhouse. On an experimental styled album, Dare has created this amalgamation of percussion which can entertain your ears for hours as you can always discover a new layer to the track. The calming vibes continue to flow through the song, like the entire of Aforger with a melancholy tone is defiantly one to lay back and chill to with some fairy lights to set the mood.
Dare talked about the song Binary being about the existence of technology in our lives and how it allows us to live on after death. It definitely contains the quirkiest lyrics of the album talking about code and the binary in technology. This is the point in the album where I believe the most boundaries are pushed within the melodies and themes. Douglas Dare said that the album started off as poetry which he then turned into music; this is clear in Binary as the lyrics are structured like they could be spoken as well as sung. I think this gave the song a deeper meaning and interpretation that can be made about this track.
This album feels more real then his previous release Whelm, which could be due to Douglas Dare continuing to collaborate with Fabian Prynn as the producer. Although I think this album is a creative journey and is honest emotion from an artist… It can be perceived as a little depressing. It is defiantly the album to put on if you want to calm down and chill, maybe not whipping it out at pres!