Dalham, as you may know, released his first two records on our magnificent Public House Recordings label - and very popular they were too. For his third he's stepped on up to Castles In Space - a label getting a pretty decent reputation if you ask me. For the uninitiated, this is excellent electronic music with nods to Boards of Canada, Plaid and Concretism. Melodic, accessible but also slightly unsettling. Time to get on board if you haven't already.
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I don't know about you but I've recently been looking at far too many pictures of brutalist housing on the internet. Right before bedtime too. Sometimes it's too scary to have a soundtrack to and I just look at the pictures in total silence but if I were to soundtrack my activities the work of Dalham might suit perfectly. His previous two releases (on our magnificent Public House records) were excellent batches of doom laden electronica with shards of light emerging through the concrete.
On Heat Death we are way into John Carpenter/ Vangelis territories on the pulsating Genesis which near perfectly provides a soundtrack to someone being chased by something scary across concrete estates. There's a real darkness to the sound on this third album but on Perihelion there are gorgeous swathes of light being allowed through the tracks. The obvious comparison is of course Boards of Canada on tracks like this and despite the dystopian imagery elsewhere I'm glad Dalham hasn't dispensed with this more pastoral side of his music.
Dalham himself (now confirmed as rejoicing in the name Jon Michaelides) feels that this is the closest he has got to realising on record the Dalham sound he hears in his head. Here he has constructed a pulsing gloop of a record with heavy heavy synths, a much darker sound than before but also with some beautifully affecting pieces. The penultimate NGC 4993 a near perfect amalgamation of a meeting of minds between Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada.
Further excellent electronic journeys to be had here whatever the weather.
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