The Austrian producer readies the follow-up to 2009’s When Planets Explode full-length.
After exploring a variety of electronic styles on a handful of labels, Dorian Concept linked up with Ninja Tune back in 2011 for the Her Tears Taste Like Pears EP. This September, he’ll return to the label for Joined Ends, which press materials describe as “somewhere between a floating lucid dream and a deep trip into a synaesthetic wonderland.”
This time around, he dropped his trademark MicroKorg in favor of a Wurlitzer and a handful of analogue synths, basing songs on live material that he sampled. “The new gear was important because the MicroKorg had been my main production unit for a long time,” he says. “It really tied me down to my old sound. I’ve always been a fan of reduction, so working with analogue gear was a way for me to put my focus back on playing. It feels like my first musical cycle is closing and the start of a new one.”
Along with lush instrumentation and pulsating rhythms, he also sings on the record: “I wanted my vocals to have a distant feel, to be somewhat inaudible and androgynous. For them to be something that you’d feel like humming rather than reciting – almost as if the vocals entered your mind as a memory.”
The album is due out on September 22 via Ninja Tune. Watch the kaleidoscopic video for ‘Draft Culture’ below; the cover art and tracklist follow.
1. The Sky Opposite
2. Ann River, Mn
4. Clap Track 4
5. Draft Culture
7. Nest Nest
8. The Few
10. Do, Undo, Redo
12. Tried (Now Tired)