Singer/songwriter Douglas Dare grew up in the small coastal town of Bridport in South West England.
Encouraged by his mother, a piano teacher, he began composing music at a young age but didn’t take up songwriting until 2008 while at University in Liverpool. His elegantly moody, piano-based songs and haunting voice drew comparisons to artists like Thom Yorke and James Blake and eventually attracted the attention of London indie label Erased Tapes who specialise in releasing avant-garde music. After relocating to London, he signed with Erased Tapes and they issued his first EP Seven Hours in September 2013. An extensive tour with label mate and similarly experimental artist Ólafur Arnalds followed before he returned home to begin work on his debut full-length. Collaborating with percussionist and producer Fabin Prynn, Dare crafted the dark, intimate ten song album Whelm, released in May 2014.
'bittersweet, raw and honest' – The Quietus
'One to watch' – Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC 6 Music
'Distinctive and strikingly new' – Guardian Band of The Day
'finest debuts to tap the neo-classical vein '– 8/10 Exclaim!
'Whelm is a Herculean debut’ – 8.5/10 The Line Of Best Fit
'It lulls, not stuns, the listener into submission’ – 8/10 The 405
'richly emotive and beguilingly, bewitchingly uneasy' – 8/10 Clash
'Douglas Dare delivers his striking debut LP’ – ★★★★ All Music
'songs full of snowy, svelte elegance and considered clarity’ ★★★★ MusicOMH
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