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Doldrums’ Stream Album Lesser Evil Now Available

Last week Doldrums release their debut album Lesser Evil through Berlin label Souterrain Transmission (Europe) & Arbutus (North America). To celebrate the release, Doldrums AKA Airick Woodhead has uploaded a full stream of the debut album as well as a remix, which is both musical and visual, of recent single She Is The Wave.

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Electronic pop act Doldrums

You can listen to Lesser Evil here.

Woodhead has also released a remix of his recent single She Is The Wave. This is one of the more eccentric tracks on the album combining juxtaposing beats with Woodhead’s vocals that jump from one extreme to the next, high and screeching to low and mysterious. Both the track and accompanying video have been remixed with BRTHR attacking the vocals and Emily Kai Block reworking the video (below).

Doldrums is now getting ready to head off on tour with Crystal Castles in North America.

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Black Dice Remix Doldrums’ She Is The Wave

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Doldrums AKA Airick Woodhead

With the release of Doldrums’ debut album Lesser Evil only a couple of weeks away, Doldrums AKA Airick Woodhead is proud to announce the release of the Black Dice remix of his recent single, She Is The Wave.

As SPIN explain: “Black Dice’s remix halves the tempo, titty-twists an oscillator or two, and makes like Cabaret Voltaire in loincloths, all Technicolor tribal frug and numbers-station square dance”.

You can hear the remix here.

Doldrums live dates:

February 20 – London @ Corsica Studios
February 21 – Brighton @ Green Door Store
February 22 – Paris @ Fireworks! Festival @ Point Ephémère
February 23 – Amsterdam @ Nieuwe Anita

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Doldrums to Release Debut Album Lesser Evil

Doldrums AKA Airick Woodhead is set to release his debut album titled Lesser Evil on February 25 through Souterrain Transmissions. Woodhead, a 23 year old from Toronto, has taken the world by storm with his eccentric take on electronic music. Having toured with the likes of Grime, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Purity Ring and having produced remixes for Grime and Portishead, Woodhead has wowed audiences with his unique and rather electric style.

Lesser Evil was produced between July 2011 and May 2012 through the cracked screen of a borrowed Macbook – the screen which was then scanned and used as the album artwork. With earlier Doldrum releases using anything from 60s girl group samples to Bollywood psychedelia to dial up modems and feedback, Lesser Evil has been woven together in a more sophisticated way with a pallet of sounds ranging from warped vocals to analogue electronic gear.

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Doldrums album artwork for Lesser Evil

Lesser Evil is the perfect mix of alternative electro pop. There are chill out tracks alongside more upbeat, party numbers. Track two, Anomaly, is a favourite. Woodhead’s vocals and the back beat are very 80s in Anomaly while also having a distinct interwoven modern feel. On the other hand, She Is The Wave is an explosion of juxtaposing beats. At first it sounds like a massive mess but is in fact one of the best tracks on the album. Woodhead’s vocals move from one extreme to the next, high and screeching to low and mysterious.

Sunrise is another fantastic number. Woodhead’s voice is in the background in this song unlike in She Is The Wave where it is at the forefront. Sunrise is a short but sweet burst of relaxing tones with a brilliant instrumental bit towards the end.

The next song, Holographic Sandcastles sees Woodhead use an instrumental made by Sami Nacomi under one of his musical pseudonyms, Brain Expansion Program. The drum beat at the start is mesmerising, you can feel it pulsing through your veins, you won’t be able to stay still. Holographic Sandcastles is a blend of genres and it works perfectly. This is the five star song on the record due to its mix of Indian, African and jazz influences. It is original and interesting, it can’t be beaten. It’s a shame that Woodhead didn’t produce all the track, he only added the vocals.

Live Forever is one of the dirtier, hardcore songs on Lesser Evil with a heavy and slightly overpowering bass and drum beat but this isn’t a bad thing. It’s grungy and in your face, it’s hard not to like it for that reason alone. In a couple of songs time, you’re back to calm with Lost In Everyone. Lost In Everyone has soft vocals and a great melody which will bring you peace after the explosion that is Live Forever.

Doldrums has this ability to put together sounds that shouldn’t work and make it into something fantastically new and unusual. Lesser Evil might give some people a huge headache but for others it will be a record you will want to listen to again and again. Each time you listen you will spot some new noise or instrument you hadn’t noticed before. There are layers and layers to each song which is why Doldrums draws in so many people. Woodhead produces crazy, non-commercial electro-pop that will leave you mesmerised at how he managed to create it.

Lesser Evil is out on February 25 through Souterrain Transmissions. Doldrums plays Corsica Studios in London on February 20 and Brighton Green Door Store on February 21. More dates to be announced soon.

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Doldrums – Anomaly

Doldrums, AKA Airick Woodhead, is back with his brand new single Anomaly. After numerous EP releases on independent labels, eagerly devoured remixes for the likes of Peaking Lights, Grimes & Portishead and years developing his craft as a multi-talented musician trying his hand at DJing, producing and performing live, Anomaly precedes the release of 22 year old Woodhead’s debut album, Lesser Evil.

Lesser Evil comes out 25 February through Souterrain Transmissions in Europe (Arbutus in the US) and will be accompanied by a series of European release shows. The record was made between July 2011 & May 2012 through the cracked screen of a borrowed Macbook – a screen which was scanned and fittingly used as the album’s artwork.

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Toronto based band, Doldrums

Earlier Doldrums releases were constructed using solid samples of anything from 60s girl groups and Bollywood psychedelia to dial up modems and feedback. However, Lesser Evil is woven together from a more focused pallet of sounds; warped vocals through to analogue electronic gear.

Throughout all of it, the dance jams, the abused samples, the wildly swaying moods and tempos, Lesser Evil is sewn together by the distinctive tones in Woodhead’s voice, ranging from the tender femininity of Sunrise and Holographic Sandcastles, to full-blown, tripped out howling on She is the Wave. His voice can be mistaken on Anomaly for a female voice – just another original aspect to Woodhead’s music. It’s a more chilled out track compared to previous release, She is the Wave (which can be viewed below).

Doldrums is all about the use of electronic noises to make sophisticated,  modern and slightly unusual electro pop. It’s something you will either love or hate, there’s no in between here. Anomaly has a very 80s feel to it and the 80s were again something you either loved or hated. Anomaly, however reminiscent of the sounds in the 80s, does also feel very modern and is another step on from Egypt or Copper Girl. The great thing about Woodhead’s ability to make and produce music is that you can’t guess it’s the same person when you hear his range of tracks. Egypt sounds different from Jump On which again sounds entirely different from She is the Wave or brand new track, Anomaly. There’s no room to get bored.

Catch Doldrums live at the dates below:

20 February – London @ Corsica Studios (NME Awards Show)
21 February – Brighton @ Green Door Store
22 February – Paris @ Fireworks! Festival @ Point Ephémère
23 February – Amsterdam @ Nieuwe Anita

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Doldrums – Copper Girl Video

As Doldrums’ European tour and festival dates come to an end and they head off to the US to support Unknown Moral Orchestra, they release the brand new video for the final EP track, Copper Girl.

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Doldrums single artwork

Copper Girl is the darker side to the 3-track EP. It’s a track that introduces a more melancholic and unnerving side to them which is equally shown in the video directed by American artist Alessandra Hoshor.

Doldrums’ music is about dealing with the loss of the individual, the peeling back of surface emotions to expose an attitude both utterly bleak and mesmerizing. The Egypt EP showcases this perfectly.

In 2011, Portishead heard Doldrums’ cover of their song Chase the Tear and placed it as the b-side to their single. Not only this but Doldrums’ also received the attention of cult London indie record label No Pain In Pop when new tracks fell into its hands. These were quickly confirmed for release as Empire Sound, Doldrums’ debut EP.

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Doldrums – Egypt

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Doldrums single artwork

Canadian producer Doldrums (AKA Airick Woodhead) is releasing the three track EP for Egypt on June 4 through Souterrain Transmissions.

The 12″ single contains an extended version of Egypt, Jump Up and Copper Girl. With Egypt being the main release it seems a shame to say that track two, Jump Up, is in fact a much more interesting song. There are a lot of elements in it that can be argued to have been influenced by the likes of Beck.

Track three, Copper Girl, is the darkest track off the EP making it a perfect blend of emotional electronica starting with the cultural influences found in Egypt, the upbeat and cheery melodies in Jump Up and ending on the dark dub-step inspired rhythms of Copper Girl.

Egypt is released on June 4. You can download second track Jump Up here.

Doldrums can be seen at the following live shows:

28 Rome, IT @ Circulo Degli Artisti (Supporting Grimes)
29 Ravenna, IT @ Hanni Bi (Supporting Grimes)
30 Turin, IT @ Astoria (Supporting Grimes)
JUNE
London, UK @ Birthdays
Bristol, UK @ Dot To Dot Festival
Nottingham, UK @ Dot To Dot Festival
Manchester, UK @ Dot To Dot Festival

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Doldrums signs to Souterrain Transmissions

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Doldrums single artwork

Doldrums has signed to record label Souterrain Transmissions to release their forthcoming three track single, Egypt.

Ahead of their European tour with Grimes and appearances at The Great Escape and Dot to Dot festivals, Doldrums will release the three track single on limited edition 12″ vinyl and digital download on June 4.

Egypt is a track full of influences from the UK and European electronic music scene but it has a huge foot print of North American style stamped across it.

Listen to the track here.

See Doldrums live at the following shows:

MAY
11 Brighton, UK @ The Haunt, Great Escape
11 Brighton, UK @ Great Escape venue TBA
15 Strasbourg, FR @ La Laterie (Supporting Grimes)
16 Paris, FR @ La Fleche D’or (Supporting Grimes)
20 Amsterdam, NL @ Exio
22 Oslo, NO @ Blaa (Supporting Grimes)
23 Stockholm, SE @ Cafetreaten (Supporting Grimes)
24 Malmo, SE @ Inkonst (Supporting Grimes)
25 Berlin, GER @ Berghain (Supporting Grimes)
26 Hamburg, GER @ Ubel & Gefarlich (Supporting Grimes)
28 Rome, IT @ Circulo Degli Artisti (Supporting Grimes)
29 Ravenna, IT @ Hanni Bi (Supporting Grimes)
30 Turin, IT @ Astoria (Supporting Grimes)

JUNE
Bristol, UK @ Dot To Dot Festival
Nottingham, UK @ Dot To Dot Festival
Manchester, UK @ Dot To Dot Festival

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