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    Default Doldrums - Lesser Evil

    online listen
    that was strange
    I guess the clip sums it up
    1.1 from me and a converted 2.4 from allmusic

    from the album - She Is The Wave

    released Feb 26th, 2013

    Bio - from allmusic

    Coming up in the late-2000s noise scene of Montreal, electronic producer Airick Woodhead began
    his solo project Doldrums in 2010. Melding different aspects of electronic sequencing and noisy
    sample-based sounds with hypnotic pop structures, Doldrums quickly emerged in a series of
    random tracks, 7" singles, remixes, and even a VHS collection of videos. In 2011 Portishead was
    so moved by Doldrums' cover version of their song "Chase the Tear" that they included his
    version as the B-side of a single release of their original version. His growing profile
    resulted in the release of a debut EP, Empire Sound, that same year, followed by the Egypt 12"
    in 2012. Through this time, Doldrums was touring extensively in a three-person stage version of
    the band, playing shows with contemporaries like Grimes and Purity Ring. A debut full-length,
    Lesser Evil, materialized in early 2013, gathering together the best of Doldrums' scattershot
    sounds into the project's most cohesive expression yet.

    Album Review - from allmusic

    Montreal electronic producer Airick Woodhead's songs as Doldrums find a glimmering patchwork of
    electronic hybrids and wild combinations on his full-length debut Lesser Evil. Following a
    series of less traditional outlets for the release of his music (including a VHS video
    compilation, not exactly the most popular medium for distribution at the time of its 2010
    release), Lesser Evil feels like the crystallization of Doldrums' body of work, centralizing
    all of the random tracks and unfinished thoughts into one cohesive, accessible part. After the
    scattershot "Fantasia Intro," Doldrums' approach snaps into focus with the stand-out track
    "Anomaly." A pulsing beat competes with fragmented samples of Woodhead's unhinged vocals,
    creating an atmosphere as brooding as it is playful. Somewhere between early-'90s club
    production la the Pet Shop Boys and the woozy, cough-syrup electronics that are decidedly the
    product of kids who grew up with the internet, Doldrums finds its sound. Bleakness and
    desperation are in almost every line, but it comes with the flippant knowledge that every pain
    and joy will be almost immediately forgotten. The relentless ADD buzz of "She Is the Wave"
    reinforces this, with a blinding glut of distorted, technicolor samples informed by both
    chiptunes mania and the nauseated, psychedelic gutter-draggings of Black Dice. Woodhead somehow
    manages to sing with connective thoughtfulness over this din of stimuli, which quickly
    disappears into "Sunrise," a relatively gentler slice of summery sadness. The weird collage of
    contradictory sounds and sharp contrasts that makes up Lesser Evil ultimately compresses into a
    singular expression of Woodhead's unique sonic personality. With no shortage of jarring sounds,
    abrupt endings, and seemingly impossible combinations, it's hard to take the music in as
    anything besides a direct reflection of the oddly captivating person making it. Much like his
    contemporary Grimes' breakthrough moments on Visions or, going further back, the earliest
    Burial tracks, or further back still, the 1981 Eno/Byrne collaboration My Life in the Bush of
    Ghosts, Lesser Evil is a brilliantly disjointed affair, getting by on raw imagination and
    openness to the unfathomable. Strangely, it's hard to see the less successful moments of this
    approach as failures. The trancy album centerpiece "Egypt" rides a busy rhythm of glitches,
    overflowing with gurgly samples and barely holding on to an almost Jane's Addiction-like vocal
    melody. It's not pretty and shouldn't work, but the constant mismatch of elements in songs like
    this somehow resonate as transfixing and beautiful in their messy weirdness. It's a rare
    accomplishment to squeeze clarity out of utter confusion and navigate chaos with control rather
    than abandon, but that's exactly what Lesser Evil is all about. The density of the album might
    take a while to sink into, but its catchiness will keep the listener returning to try to crack
    the code. Eventually, you'll realize there's no way to completely understand this mesmerizing
    mess, but that doesn't make it any less fun to keep trying to.

    Track Listing

    1. Intro
    2. Anomaly
    3. She Is The Wave (Ft. Guy Dallas)
    4. Sunrise
    5. Egypt
    6. Holographic Sandcastles (Ft. Sami Nacomi)
    7. Singularity Acid Face
    8. Lesser Evil
    9. Golden Calf
    10. Lost In Everyone
    11. Painted Black
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    turned it off after about twenty seconds,couldnt stand the electronic sounds

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