Douglas Dare

DUST, Brighton.

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There was a moment onstage, at the end of his most recent tour, when Douglas Dare knew it was time for a shift. He’d released his angelic third album Milkteeth in February 2020, a month before the world turned upside down. A deeply personal, paean to longing and acceptance, the record “was all about me trying to make my parents proud,” he says.

The subsequent shows were among the first to be cancelled. By the time Douglas finally got out on the road, he began to feel unusually vulnerable – just him and his autoharp, under the spotlight. He was a different artist now to the one who’d written such gentle, stripped-bare songs about wanting to please his family. After his debut show in his hometown of Bridport, Dorset, with his father in the audience for the first time, Douglas closed the chapter. He wanted to leap into the unknown, to feel completely free, and his new music was to follow suit.

“I was like, I want to be able to dance to this,” he says. “And I've never said that before about my music.”

Since 2013, Douglas has blurred classical, chamber-pop, folk and avant-garde to dazzling effect, with a startling voice that can stop you in your tracks. It’s why he’s played with luminaries like Nils Frahm, Perfume Genius and Ólafur Arnalds, and was selected by David Lynch and The Cure’s Robert Smith for their respective cultural festivals in Manchester (MIF) and London (Meltdown).

But Douglas’s fourth album, Omni, is a bold rebirth. Encouraged by Erased Tapes founder Robert Raths, he decided to step away from acoustic instruments, especially the piano he grew up playing, and swapped them for synths and drum machines. Label mate Daniel Brandt (of Brandt Brauer Frick) appears on production duties and the beat on ‘Mouth to Mouth’ is the handiwork of Rival Consoles. The exceptional ‘Teach Me’, meanwhile, was made with long standing collaborator and 4AD’s in-house producer, Fabian Prynn. Douglas’s vision was one of ecstasy and euphoria. “I wanted it to be f****** loud and immersive,” he explains.