Milkteeth by Douglas Dare

Milkteeth is the third album by accomplished musician, singer and songwriter Douglas Dare. Dare makes music that could be described as chamber pop and/or art pop. With the help of Tuung’s Mike Lindsay in the producer’s chair, his music has been stripped to just the necessary elements. You may know Douglas Dare from his tours with Erased Tapes label mate Olafur Arnalds or as his drag persona, Visa Reasons.

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Milkteeth by Douglas Dare
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8/10 Daoud 19 February 2020

I wonder, did Douglas Dare have to get PJ Harvey’s permission to use an autoharp on ‘Milkteeth’? Because I feel like he probably should have done. No one else has done as much for the autoharp as she has. Odds are Dare would never have picked one up had it not been for her.

But pick it up he did, and everything made sense to him. I can see how. The autoharp (as its name suggests) almost plays itself. It seems like the ideal musical catalyst. It’s all over the record, used most effectively on ‘Silly Games’ where Dare delicately shreds the thing while a piano occasionally interjects.

Dare is best known as a pianist and it’s that piano we hear first. ‘I Am Free’ starts with Dare’s fingers dancing through the chords as he sings in a way both moving and intense. It reminds me of ‘Fourth of July’ by Sufjan Stevens, both songs feature an endlessly looped sequence of piano chords that are eventually let loose. Stevens turns the reverb up, Dare instead adds a kick drum. He also brings a trumpet to the quaint ‘Milkteeth’, and ‘Red Arrows’ takes the form of a round with himself. Not just autoharp then.

It is Dare’s voice that is most striking though. Especially with lyrics as personal as these. ‘In Heavenly Bodies’ Dare wonders if “with the sheets from the bed” he could “scare the storm instead”. It’s delivered with a childlike wonder and wisdom that makes you pause and think, that might just work.


9/10 Tim Customer rating (no review), 1st April 2020
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