It is with great pleasure that Decoded Magazine brings you a Decoded Sundays mix compiled by Douglas Dare of Erased Tapes who is a London-based singer-songwriter, originally from the coastal town of Bridport, England.
The son of a piano teacher, Douglas began composing instrumental music from a young age but it was not until studying popular music at the University in Liverpool in 2008 that he began songwriting. Douglas’ rich and haunting vocals are combined with lyrics crafted from his own poems and short prose, a writing style that gives his intimate songs wisdom far beyond his years.
After supporting Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm on their tours, Douglas released his critically acclaimed album, ‘Whelm’ on May 12th 2014 which saw him collaborate with percussionist and producer Fabian Prynn.
Douglas describes the idea behind his mix below:
“I created this mix for Decoded on the theme of ‘product and by-product’. Each track is somehow linked with another, whether written by the same person and then remixed by someone else, or a motif is used in both tracks, or an artist has been directly inspired by a track, they all link. Some are obvious such as Steve Reich & Ravi Shankar’s string motif in ‘Meetings Along The Edge’, which is directly lifted in to Department of Eagles’ ‘Sailing By Night’, others are a lot harder to spot. I feel art is a ‘by-product’ of all things the artist absorbs and even though I’m highlighting that here in this mix it’s important to appreciate the work on it’s own regardless of where it’s come from, that’s why I’ve mixed the order”
01// Clark – Silver Sun
02// The Knife – A Cherry On Top
03// Bulgarian National Folk Ensemble – Pismo Ti e Doshlo
04// Steve Reich – Drumming (Four Tet Remix)
05// Department of Eagles – Sailing By Night (Daedalus Remix)
06// Steve Reich & Ravi Shankar – Meetings Along The Edge
07// Martin Kohstedt – EXA
08// George 34 – Mutika
09// George 34 – Midnight Mushroom
10// Steve Reich – Proverb (Alex Smoke Remix)
11// Douglas Dare – How I Cope (Dictaphone)
Photograph by Alex Kozobolis