By: Anand Harsh
The opening strains of fuzzed out bass set the scene for Alfred Darlington's haunting and hypnotic tableau "Tsars and Hussars." The self-described dandy focuses his Victorian lens on the war-torn Tauric Peninsula for his latest studio album, The Light Brigade, out tomorrow (September 30) on Brainfeeder.
While Daedelus has carved his own niche well outside the constraints of contemporary dance music norms, this single possess such poise and grace, much like its maker, that it transcends electronica, indie, or whatever bin it might find itself in at the record store. Masterfully weaving a brooding bass melody beneath lovelorn, airy (but potent) vocals, "Tsars and Hussars" captures the light, while feeding hungrily on darkness.
Tennyson's progeny may pen tales of the charge of Daedelus' Light Brigade tour--which we presume will fare better than the ill-fated British cavalry advance. The run, presented by TheUntz.com, kicks off this week (Oct 2) at Concord Music Hall in Chicago, IL, and winds its way from central coast to west coast, and back out east over the next month. Our mononymous protagonist wields not only a monome, but the mirror-limbed robotic Archimedes (about which Darlington spoke to us) will also make several appearances throughout the tour.
Find all the tour dates and info about the album's release at Daedelusmusic.com.
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