With the debut full band live shows taking SXSW by storm last month & hitting the critical lists, DOLDRUMS has signed to Souterrain Transmissions (EMA, Crocodiles, Zola Jesus, Moon Duo).
Ahead of a European tour with Grimes and appearances at The Great Escape & Dot to Dot festivals, Doldrums - the moniker of 22 year old Montreal producer Airick Woodhead - will release a 3 track single of brand new material on limited edition 12” vinyl & digital download, out June 4th.
Recontextualing the bombshelter desperation of the Montreal noise scene into an 8 minute warehouse club jam, the title track ‘Egypt’ is far more ambitious, sophisticated, and accessible than anything he's attempted before. It takes from UK and European electronic music but places an unmistakably North American attitude at its core.
Doldrums’ music deals with the loss of the individual, a bodiless, Soma-fried peeling back of surface emotions to expose an attitude both utterly bleak and mesmerizing. On 'Egypt', his androgynous voice comes across mid-panic attack, floating in a sea of chopped up samples, disembodied vocals and primal percussion that almost does bring to mind an ancient, crumbling civilization.
In 2011, after hearing Doldrums’ interpretation of their song ‘Chase the Tear’, Portishead released his song as the b-side to their single. At the same time, new tracks fell into the hands of cult London indie label No Pain In Pop, and were quickly confirmed for release as ‘Empire Sound’, his debut EP. Now he follows it up with this single; his first for Berlin-based label Souterrain Transmissions.