Doldrums and Moon King Tomorrow Night at Mercury LoungeApril 16th, 2015
Electronic producer Airick Woodhead was already a veteran of the Montreal DIY noise scene by the time he launched the solo project Doldrums (above, performing “Jump Up” at MoMA PS1) five years ago. Thanks to several singles filled with electronic sounds and noisy samples, people began to take notice. His first full-length, Lesser Evil (stream it below), arrived in 2013. CMJ described it as “a combination of peculiar intergalactic noises, heavy bass and eerie vocals.” Furthermore: “Doldrums has decoded to take us on an untidy journey into his own headspace. Lesser Evil is an unflinching and unashamed document of that trip, like a travelogue of a doomed vacation through Woodhead’s brain.” Doldrums recently released his follow-up, the darker The Air Conditioned Nightmare (stream it below). Per AllMusic, Woodhead takes “hold of the confusion, conflict and ugliness of the record and sculpting it into something compelling in a voice all his own. Woodhead’s brother, Daniel, and a childhood friend, Maddy Wilde, have just put out their debut full-length, Secret Life (stream it below), as Moon King (above, performing “Apocalypse” and “Rosewell”). Daniel tells Fader, “I’ve been describing the record as a collection of sad songs played with joy and energy.” And Renowned for Sound calls it “a powerful, enigmatic album; one that manages to be beautiful, creepy and oddly tragic, often all at the same time.” Catch both bands at tomorrow’s late show at Mercury Lounge.