Montreal musician Doldrums shared a video for a new track, Runner Up. Singer Airick Woodhead says of the video, “We shot it in my apartment with one of my best friends. The idea was to show the skin out of context, as flesh, sort of alien. The way it turned out you don’t know whether it’s hot or gross, which is basically how I feel about everything.” Having spent the year writing new material in Montreal and sharing stages with Mykki Blanco, Purity Ring and Prince Rama, this is a first glimpse into what might be coming next. The track features production by Doldrums touring member Guy Dallas, who also produced She Is The Wave (from the debut album ‘Lesser Evil’ and released as a single with a remix from Black Dice) .
Doldrums also shared the following note: “We can’t tell you any details about further releases, but we are pleased to announce a very special online / teleportation event happening this autumn that we are looking for people from anywhere in the world / of any description to be a part of. Participants will be spectators to an online video performance and asked to use their webcams to participate. Whether you are drawing in your bedroom by yourself in Montreal or having an ayahuasca bath with your crew on Jupiter, we want you!”
More about Doldrums?
Doldrums appeared in 2010 with a series of noisy, percussion heavy tracks and collaged videos that challenged a purely digital identity. Since then the project has oscillating between pop and noise, following singer Airick Woodhead through 2 LPs, 7 singles / EPS, video projects, 2 Boiler Room performances and on the road with an extended live band that includes producer Guy Dallas, drummer Steven Foster and Airick’s brother Daniel of Moon King.
2013’s ‘Lesser Evil’ was released on Arbutus Records, a community which Pitchfork described as “their sounds may be disparate, but they’re united by their desire to tackle questions of identity from unique and exciting perspectives”. The album was composed on a laptop and influenced by collage and psychedelic music, while Airicks androgynous vocals floated over top.
In 2015 this was followed by ‘The Air Conditioned Nightmare’ via Sub Pop records, which showcased the live energy the group had developed on the road with the deeper paranoiac sentiment of American culture. This summer, director Emily Kai Bock announced her short film would borrow it’s title from the song Funeral For Lightning.
This was followed with a bizarre 7″ titled IDONTWANNABEDELETED featuring vocals from Samantha Urbani and a digital image of a trash can. http://pitchfork.com/news/59441-doldrums-shares-idontwannabedeleted-featuring-samantha-urbani/
‘The Air Conditioned Nightmare’ is out on vinyl, CD and worldwide digital via Sub Pop / Doldrums Music (order here).