As SPIN explain: 'Black Dice's remix halves the tempo, titty-twists an oscillator or two, and makes like Cabaret Voltaire in loincloths, all Technicolor tribal frug and numbers-station square dance'.
Already receiving praise on both sides of the Atlantic, Doldrums' debut, 'Lesser Evil', is an album whose sound is largely influenced by the transient lifestyle of it's creator, drawing equal parts from European clubs and the noise music communities in Montreal, Toronto, New York and Baltimore. In these DIY spaces Doldrums has temporarily made his home, learning & being inspired by the fact that 'you need to be able to adapt to any setting; a dance club, a rock band, a kitchen, an art gallery... You can't rely on anybody else. You do your best to fill as much of the experience with what you have and you fill the rest with pure energy until it's overflowing.'
The record was crafted between July 2011 & May 2012 through the cracked & glitched out screen of a borrowed Macbook - a screen which was scanned and fittingly used as the album's artwork. The music seems to arise from the same threshold at which technology is used hard enough that it breaks down completely. While earlier Doldrums releases have been constructed using solid samples of anything from 60s girl groups and Bollywood psychedelia to dial up modems and feedback, 'Lesser Evil' is woven together from a more focused pallet of sounds; warped vocals through to analogue electronic gear.
Throughout all of it, the dance jams, the abused samples, the wildly swaying moods and tempos, Lesser Evil is sewn together by the distinctive tones in Woodhead's voice, ranging from the tender femininity of 'Sunrise' and 'Holographic Sandcastles', to full-blown, tripped out howling on 'She is the Wave'.
A bold and varied offering that never once waivers when it comes to ingenuity, energy and imagination.
Doldrums live dates:
February 20 - London @ Corsica Studios
February 21 - Brighton @ Green Door Store
February 22 - Paris @ Fireworks! Festival @ Point Ephémère
February 23 - Amsterdam @ Nieuwe Anita
Listen to the Black Dice remix of 'She is the Wave' here: