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Visibility Is A Trap

by Dalhous

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The EP heralds the arrival of the Edinburgh-based project's sophomore album, Will To Be Well, due out on Blackest Ever Black in early Summer 2014.

Though recorded after Will To Be Well, the tracks on Visibility Is A Trap at first appear to have more in common with the blue ethereal drift of Ambassador. While ‘Information Is Forever’ and ‘A Change Of Attitude’ are firmly in the ambient mode, ‘Active Discovering’ fizzes with arpeggiated energy, and a battery of percussion disrupts the calm surface of ‘Sight Of Hirta’. As ever with Dalhous, something is up; nothing is quite as it seems.

The Regis remix of Ambassador highlight ‘He Was A Human And Belonged With Humans’ finds Karl O’Connor in unusually pensive mood. In fact it’s fair to say that this near-beatless, dubwise version is unlike anything he has put his name to before. Discarding the rhythmic skeleton of Dalhous’s original, he gives the weeping saxophone more space to roam and resonate, adding off-beat, sleep-deprived keys, murmured vocal fragments and swells of sub-bass pressure. A love letter addressed to his former home in West Berlin, it effortlessly evokes and updates the drugsick grandeur of later Neubauten or Low side 2.

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Reviews -

"...expansive ambient to crushing percussive workouts." - Bleep

"...a gothic triumph in its eroded and barnacled fragments..." - Boomkat

"...cosmic synth ambience with shades of oblique darkness" - Norman Records

"...unsettling in a way that’s difficult to pin down..." - Pitchfork

"...drifting melodies are old as electronic music itself..." - Tiny Mix Tape

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released April 14, 2014

Written, produced and recorded by Marc Dall.
Engineered by Alex Ander.
Additional remix and production on track 5 by Karl O'Connor.

Mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy, London.
Artwork by Marc Dall.
Layout by Oliver Smith.

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DALHOUS Edinburgh, UK

Debuting on Blackest Ever Black with their E.P Mitchell Heisman (2012), the Edinburgh-based project have gone on to release four Studio Albums. An Ambassador For Laing (2013), Will To Be Well (2014) and two volumes of their proposed trilogy titled The Composite Moods Collection, which includes House Number 44 (2016) and Point Blank Range (2021) ... more

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