Douglas Dare

Let’s talk about Douglas Dare. The London based singer songwriter has been honing his dark, majestic, post-rock pop sound for a couple of years now and has just announced new album Aforger, the follow-up to his 2014 debut Whelm.

Described as an album which questions the boundaries between reality and fiction, expect Aforger to delve deep into Douglas’ recent past;

“The album title plays with the idea of a forger – someone creating imitations or copies, and reimagines them as the creator of something that’s no longer real” Douglas explains. “Prior to writing the record, I came out to my father and came out of a long relationship, both were hugely challenging for me and questioned my idea of identity and reality. These thoughts leaked out into the record and formed the core of Aforger. I was determined not to write a break-up album or repeat what I’d done before.”

He’s also just dropped the album’s first single, the Orwellian themed ‘Doublethink’.

“After finding out my boyfriend had been leading this double-life, I became obsessed with the question of what is real and George Orwell’s 1984 felt appropriate for me to re-read. Orwell explains this idea of reality control and Doublethink, and it struck a chord with me. The idea that truth can be steered or changed, and we might be able to believe two contradictory things at once. In my case, ignorance was my protection from the truth and ignorance really is bliss, until you’re no longer ignorant.”

Take a listen to the track below (via Soundcloud).

Mixed at the iconic Abbey Road Studios and produced by long-time collaborator and percussionist Fabian Prynn (Dan Croll, Ronan Keating), Aforger is due out on October 14th via Erased Tapes.

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By Daniel W.

Vulture Hound Music Co-Editor. New music and doughnuts on the South Coast of England.