The glitchy piano template from which London-based newcomer Douglas Dare built this downright curious record may initially prompt comparisons with James Blake, but ‘Whelm’ is a far more intense beast.
Indeed, it is beasts of the ‘Wild’ variety that spring to mind on the album’s more sonically dense material, especially the brutally propulsive ‘Swim’ (audio below). Dare’s powerful voice is largely kept high in the mix, curling around songs like another instrument while his trusty piano keeps order.
The woozy title track seems deliberately designed to unsettle the listener at the halfway point of an album that is in turns both richly emotive and beguilingly, bewitchingly uneasy.
Words: Gareth James
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Listen to ‘Whelm’ in full via Deezer, below…