David Douglas "Escapism"
Full-color sleeve, transparant 12" vinyl, blue inner sleeve
*including free digitial download
a2 Wade (feat. Erika Spring)
a3 Can You Feel It
a5 Golden Days
a6 Mind Travelling
b1 Lumen (feat. Blaudzun)
b2 Drifting Away
b3 Come Alive
b4 Fade Into My Heart (feat. Erika Spring)
Atomnation's 90th release is to be an album from long time associate David Douglas. He first appeared on the label in 2012 and now Escapism is a triumphant return across 10 tracks of deeply melodic and melancholic electronic music, with artwork by Menno Fokma.
David is a consistently high quality and prolific producer who has put out key albums like Moon Observations and Spectators Of The Universe, as well as vital EPs such as Mountain Pink and Royal Horticultural Society. He is an accomplished video editor who also edits documentaries while at the same time being an all encompassing producer. David finds inspiration in the majesty of the cosmos and the grandeur of nature and manages to capture the essence of that in his music. He has had critical acclaim from esteemed outlets like Pitchfork and XLR8R, has played all round the world and frequently has his music synced by brands like Louis Vuitton, Channel, Givenchy, and Fiat. After a short break, he is now back and better than ever in 2021.
This is an album that finds a perfect balance between heady underground sounds and more catchy pop tracks. After a serene ambient opener that soothes the mind, 'Wade' featuring NYC based artist Erika Spring (from indie-band Au Revoir Simone) is an airy bit of avant pop with a clean, heavenly vocal offset by stuttering synths and rubbery beats. 'Can You Feel It' again explores the tension between melancholic, mournful beats and synths and a more upbeat vocal that soars to the skies.
There is plenty of bright, reflective and shiny melody to ensure 'Golden Days' lifts your spirits, and a high point half way through the album comes from 'Lumen' featuring contemporary Dutch star Blaudzun, with whom David has worked as HATY HATY. Here they explore a heavenly house vibe with vocals that send shivers down your spine and have you desperate for an outdoor summer dance. Later, 'Drifting Away' is a bristling broken beat track with hyper speed drums and bass underpinning shimmering melodies that sounds like nothing else out there. After that, 'Come Alive' brings upbeat house and organic hits with sun scorched synths, and finally Erika Spring reappears on the tender downbeat lullaby that is 'Fade Into My Heart' which closes things down in stylish fashion.
This is an accomplished and adventurous album that takes you on an emotional ride through the ups and downs of everyday life, all with a delicate musical touch.
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