Doldrums has had a presence in the music community for a while and it seems that he has once again struck gold with the release of “The Air Conditioned Nightmare.” With fun jams like “We Awake” and “Loops” and interesting experiments such as “My Friend Simjen,” the album is an especially diverse addition to the CKUT library.
The word that constantly comes to mind when listening to this album is balance. Doldrums displays a mastery of many different musical devices throughout the album, but he never overdoes anything, resulting in an exciting album from start to finish. His infatuating melodies are balanced out by his harsh industrial aesthetic, the droning dance beats are counteracted by experimental sampling, and the eerie electronic sounds are balanced out by the focused acoustic drum kit. It is this ability to create balance that gives Doldrums the ability to have a unique, genre-bending sound without ever becoming overbearing.
Another part of what makes “The Air Conditioned Nightmare” so brilliant is its combination of accessibility and complexity. At first glance, the album is fun and prone to being used as dance music but, with every new listen comes a more focused look at the deeper aspects of the album. The production, for example, is pure genius. Doldrums combines many different electronic sounds into a modern ensemble sound that maintains a sense of humanity. Despite the heavy use of synthesizers, Doldrums never sounds dry or robotic and each part is approached with the same level of intensity, which gives the music a sense of depth and maturity.
All in all, Doldrums is a great piece of music that won’t scare your parents. It’s usually one of the first suggestions I give to anyone just getting into the underground scene and it has captured my attention many times since my first time hearing it.
-Review by Donovan Burtan
Be excited, even ecstatic, ’cause tonight on the show is the much acclaimed local whizz kid Airick Woodhead, aka Doldrums. Your host Nick Schofield will be chatting at 9pm sharp about his album The Airconditioned Nightmare, launching tomorrow on Sub Pop.
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Airick Woodhead of Doldrums wraps up his radio-residency this afternoon on CKUT’s innately experimental program, If You Got Ears. Tune in noon – 2pm for the end of an era + in-studio performance by She-Devils leading up to their August 28 La Vitrola jam!
Airick Woodhead, the brains behind Arbutus‘ glitchy pop outfit Doldrums, resumes his radio-residency this Wednesday noon to 2pm hosting If You Got Ears.
While the band takes time off touring to finish recording he will be digging into his collection of psychedelic and electronic music to play on air, focusing mostly on Canadian underground artists.
Don’t hit the snooze, you can catch Doldrums opening for TOPS at their upcoming album launch. It’s going down at La Vitrola on August 29 with guests She-Devils.
For those of you who tuned in to this week’s New Shit and for those of you who didn’t, here are all the shows and things we talked about.
==========Local math popsters Each Other are rocking a set with Sheer Agony at the apparently brand new Drones Club on
WEDNESDAY. Head over early for pupusas, stay late for bouncy guitar jams and good vibes.
Arbutus’ resident electronic crooner Majical Cloudz plays Le Belmont alongside cathedral DnB act D’Eon. Plus a dj set from the excellent Montreal composer producer CFCF.
The dual album launch of the very dreamy Arbutus duo Blue Hawaii (featuring BRAIDS lead singer Raf) and the radiantly electronic grooves of Montreal’s Doldrums at underground loft space The Plant.
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This Monday, on the Music Department’s show New Shit we played a tunes from the likes of:
Plus, talked shows on the horizon like:
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