Dohnavùr

The Flow Across Borders

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Record Label
Castles In Space

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With an inventive, collaborative work method Ali O’May and Frazer Brown have quickly created a body of work that’s strikingly personal and staggeringly good. Modular magician Ali creates pools of electronic raw material out of his set-up, which Frazer then sets to work arranging and editing with his encyclopedic knowledge of dance music and expert ear.

It's a winning formula which Castles In Space have embraced into their bosom – releasing “The Isolation Tapes” during lockdown and now their new album: “The Flow Across Borders”.

“The Flow Across Borders” continues and expands the ‘Dohnavùr Method’ now based upon a whole new set of creations from Ali and shaped into an extraordinarily diverse and thrilling collection by Frazer in his Armadale studio. The approach of following the direction suggested by Ali’s modular stems makes for a kinetic and high-voltage collection unshackled from genre boundaries, but with all tracks united by the duo’s shared sense of purpose. It’s a provocative and direct album which ranges from halcyon ambience to floor shaking techno. One can hear the clockwork precision of Plone in “The Kindness of Others” and the clean meticulousness of peak period Orbital in “Sunk”. A centrepiece of the record is the chilling spoken word social commentary mood piece, “Phlá Doiléir” (Scottish Gaelic for “The Vage Plague”). This is followed by the Eno-esque majesty of album closer “Pass remarkable”. It’s all here to be enjoyed.

STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: Having been aware of both Fra and Ali's work for quite some time via the wonderful Castles In Space, it's a delight to finally get this into the shop (after ALL MANNER of issues). Deep percussion and flickering synth blips form the basis for Dohnavur's soaring, euphoric electronica. They're playing in Manchester next April, and i'll be supporting them too! Grab this and give it a spin, you won't regret it.

TRACK LISTING

1. New Objectivity
2. Sestriere
3. The Kindness Of Others
4. Sunk
5. Blue Stripe
6. Phlá Doiléir
7. Twenty There
8. Pwll Du
9. Five To Return
10. Pass Remarkable

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