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DOUGLAS DARE

Douglas Dare is a London-based singer-songwriter, originally from the coastal town of Bridport, South West England.

The son of a piano teacher, Douglas began composing instrumental music from a young age but it was not until studying popular music at University in Liverpool in 2008 that he began songwriting. Douglas’ rich and haunting vocals are combined with lyrics crafted from his own poems and short prose, a writing style that gives his intimate songs wisdom far beyond his 23 years.  

After supporting Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm on their recent tours, May 12th 2014 will see the release of his debut album 'Whelm'.

'It's a real thrill to be working with Erased Tapes, a label whose artists have inspired me from the beginning and whose ethos I share wholeheartedly. This is an exciting time to join the family and I'm truly privileged to be a part of it.' - Douglas Dare

'I wanted to make a record that would allow the listener to escape, something lush and immersive but when looked at closely, the grit and depth could be found. I didn’t write the record with a concept in mind but when thinking of titles I found this through-line; I realised the restless nature of humans and the erratic emotions I’d written about could be linked to water and more specifically the sea. I grew up in the coastal town of Bridport, Dorset; the sea was this constant thing in my life. And although I felt an affinity with it, I couldn’t swim until I was a teenager. This equal measure of joy and uncertainty I found in both people and water brought me to Whelm; it feels like a fitting title. To be engulfed. To be buried. To be whelmed.’ – Douglas Dare

Photograph by Dusan Kacan


'A Whelming experience.' – Guardian Band of The Day

'Dare’s vocals lend a haunting, delicate melody to his piano compositions' – KEXP  

'Very strange and wonderful... One to watch' – Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC 6 Music

'Maintains a strong focus on Dare’s subtle piano parts and poetic lyrics with a backdrop of percussion and warm Moog synthesisers.' – Crack Magazine

'Hard to argue with this kind of emotional resonance' 
Under The Radar

'These haunted, cloudy meditations certainly mark him out as a bright new talent, and Seven Hours is a formidable opening gambit.'  –  8/10 Drowned In Sound

'Young singer-songwriter shows maturity far beyond his years' 
Bearded Magazine

'A fresh singer/songwriter whose poetic piano playing remind us of Perfume GeniusIndie Shuffle

'The opposite of a fanfare arrival, and all the more powerful for it 
– 8/10 The Line Of Best Fit


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