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Douglas Dare - Seven Hours

 
21 February, 2014
 
 
 

 

By Terence Petersen

 

 

The newest recruit to the eclectic roster of London-based Erased Tapes, Douglas Dare proves himself beyond every reasonable doubt with his new EP.  Brief as it is potent, Seven Hours seems to defy explanation by its unusual and yet lucid clarity.


Dare's approach to piano, marked by subtle nuances in harmony and a minimalist's commitment to the poetry of simplicity, situates itself unabashedly in contemporary culture.  And yet, always present is the timeless feeling of fantasy, of journeys taken through unfamiliar terrain.  


Ultimately it is the uniform dramatic progression of each song that lends this sensation; beginning quietly and geared wholly towards exposition in the listener's headspace, before building to an impassioned whirlwind in which that initial quiet idea blossoms into its fully realized potential.  With emotionally naked lyrics exploring concepts of slipping away, dream and memory, and metaphysical destruction, Douglas Dare's preoccupation with the intangible becomes itself totally accessible by the end of the EP.


Spiritual mumbo-jumbo aside, the music is quite simply very good.  It is pleasing to the ear, takes unexpected turns, and in the end leaves one with more than they bargained for.  When all is said and done, Seven Hours is a captivating hint of things to come from a new musician.


 


 

 

QUICK ALBUM FACTS


Primary Genre: Piano Poetry


Secondary Genre: Experimental / Improv


Release Date: 2013


Label: Erased Tapes


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Album Highlights: The climax roughly two-thirds of the way into each song



 

 

 

 

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