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‘Niaiw Ot Vile’ is just the second ever vinyl release from Dalglish and the third full length under that pseudonym. Previous releases as Dalglish have appeared on Highpoint Lowlife and Record Label Records as well as recent output as Scald Rougish emerging on ICASEA and Seaes on Cataclyst.
There are some totally unique artists whose work I hold in extreme high regard. Artists whose work truly comes from deep within and remains entirely in a league of it’s own; Francis Bacon, William Burroughs, Coil, Miles Davis, Keiji Haino to name but a few. On that list is Chris Douglas, a visionary electronic artist whose output is always a stark window into his soul. His music is so personal and at times completely heart-wrenching that I’m not ashamed to say that on more than one occasion its profound beauty has literally moved me to tears. Some folks just don’t or cannot emotionally go to that place or can’t identify and that’s fine, the music is not for them. For others like myself the emotional weight and impact resonates on a level of inexplicable mental synchronicity.
As with much of Chris’s work ‘Niaiw Ot Vile’ could be described as the sonification of his thought process as he tries to make sense of the confusion of one’s own existence.
The complexities of the trials and tribulations of life are inseparably intertwined with the audio; hopes and dreams, sadness, sorrow, loss, grief, joy and so on. In this sense ‘Niaiw Ot Vile’ can be viewed as the sonic equivalent to a Self-Portrait not unlike Francis Bacon’s remarkable 1956 oil on canvas.
‘Niaiw Ot Vile’ is an extraordinary artistic statement. Recent comparisons to ‘LP5’ era Autechre are just so unbelievably off the mark it’s astounding. It’s like comparing Sun Ra to the Glen Miller Band in as much as they are both Jazz and Dalglish and Ae are both creating complex electronic music but it’s an entirely different line of sonic communication which is worlds apart. The sound palette for one is often more organic, including some processed piano, delicate synthetic strings and haunting harmonics. Going into the particulars of individual tracks on the record I feel is unnecessary. This is something that needs to be experienced and not poorly translated into words. I think this is the problem with lazy comparisons and the result of attempting to articulate something that maybe can never be fully understood or explained unless you can walk in the shoes of its creator.
As harrowing as many of the passages are the overwhelming sense of hope is a real joy to behold. To me techno has always been and should be music that man could not make without machines and that machines could not make without man. Much of what is considered techno these days falls short and could simply be made by machines with no human interaction. ‘Niaiw Ot Vile’ is techno; blues channeled through circuits.
I’m inclined to say that this is the most accomplished and affecting work from Dalglish yet and when you consider the quality of previous output that really is quite a bold statement. ‘Niaiw Ot Vile’ is nothing short of a masterpiece from thee most singular artist currently operating in the field of electronic music.
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