London-based singer-songwriter Douglas Dare releases his debut album Whelm on Erased Tapes. With the piano at the core, Dare vocalises his short prose and poems to a backdrop of drums, electronics and brass…
‘I wanted to make a record that would allow the listener to escape, something lush and immersive but when looked at closely, the grit and depth could be found. I didn’t write the record with a concept in mind but when thinking of titles I found this through-line; I realised the restless nature of humans and the erratic emotions I’d written about could be linked to water and more specifically the sea. I grew up in the coastal town of Bridport, Dorset; the sea was this constant thing in my life .
And although I felt an affinity with it, I couldn’t swim until I was a teenager. This equal measure of joy and uncertainty I found in both people and water brought me to Whelm; it feels like a fitting title. To be engulfed. To be buried. To be whelmed.’
Listen to “Nile” Here:
Have a look on his last videoclip from past EP “Seen Hours”:
And this special gift for our readers the cover of Destiny’s Child “Say my Name” performed by Ólafur Arnalds, Arnór Dan, Douglas Dare, Björk Óskarsdóttir (violin) and Hallgrímur Jensson (cello) at the CCA, Glasgow. 6th December 2013