7/10 Ian Staff review, 08 May 2014
Erased Tapes finally releases the debut album by Londoner Douglas Dare, after really enjoying his little EP ‘Seven Hours’ I was very excited to hear this full length and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. With a pretty standard take on the pianist/singer-songwriter thing it’s not that mindblowingly different but with Douglas’ velvety Jeff Buckley-ish voice and his atmospheric piano it makes for a very special sound.
The typical comparisons would be names like Duke Special, Ed Harcourt and Rufus Wainwright (but less camp!), although this has a certain maturity to it with the emphasis more on the classical side of things and with the added little electronic glitch sounds here and there. None of the songs stand out that much but it all flows very nicely and doesn’t get overly moody.
‘Whelm’ is a beautiful album for a dreamy rainy day, very grown up sounding without being too pompous like a lot of neo-classical stuff can be.
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