The Third Helix by Drew McDowall

Drew McDowall, formerly of Coil, once again delves into the concepts that drove those legendary sonic explorers. On The Third Helix, McDowall experiments with dark and twisted electronics, creating eight tracks that are ideal for looking inward. Intense and visceral, this is music from the most severe of trances.

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The Third Helix by Drew McDowall
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9/10 Ant 28 November 2018

Drew McDowall as I’m sure many of you well know, was at one point a member of Coil and a big part of some of their greatest achievements; particularly their incarnations as Time Machines, and Black Light District. He also did stuff with Psychic TV and is half of Compound Eye alongside Psychic Ills fellow Tres Warren -- seek out their Journey From Anywhere album on Editions Mego if you’ve not copped it - it’s a beauty. More recently he collaborated with Hiro Kone on a fabulous EP on BANK Records NYC. However, despite his illustrious CV, Drew McDowall is perfectly capable of holding his own, as he’s proved already with two stellar albums for NYC’s Dais Records. The title of his latest ‘The Third Helix’ suggests some connectivity with those two previous albums. Should they be viewed as a trilogy? It’d certainly be interesting to hear all three in chronological/sequential order.

Pretty sure I can hear some John Cale / Desertshore influence on opening cut ‘Rhizome’. Never a bad thing. It’s a great opener that sets the mood for what I consider the most impressive and immersive of his three records for Dais thus far. He constructs a complex hallucinatory-like world which is effortlessly inviting, as we wander around peculiar structures and have transient glimpses of fleeting entities. It feels like an endless open world environment to wander around and get lost inside - despite the average pop song length of the individual tracks. A lot of artists take a far greater amount of time to construct worlds so evocative, but McDowall’s work here is concise - a testament to his creative and production skills. A single track on this album can whisk you away to a zone that it can take other artists an entire LP to finally get you there. But time kinda becomes redundant in this realm into which he takes us. It feels like a place that genuinely exists. Perhaps it does in inner space, and Mr McDowall and his machines are merely the mediums to open the portal.



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