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Ed Dowie - The Obvious I (LP)

Ed Dowie - The Obvious I (LP)

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Media Condition:  Mint (M)
Sleeve Condition: Mint (M)
Label: Needle Mythology
Catalogue: NEMYLP008
Format:      LP, Album
Country:    UK  
26 Mar 2021
Genre:       Electronic
Style:         Minimal, Dance-pop, Experimental, Synth-pop

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Vinyl comes with a gatefold booklet, which opens into a four-page artwork. The vinyl is pressed onto heavyweight vinyl. An alternative limited edition run of 90 x vinyl includes a signed, numbered 'Under The Waves' print (gun metal grey ink on yellow stock) Pressed at Vinyl Factory, UK There are also ten white label test-pressings are in existence. From Ed Dowie's Bandcamp page: The Obvious I’, the second album from Ed Dowie, is the second new master release from Needle Mythology, the label founded by music writer, author and broadcaster Pete Paphides. In 2017, Ed released his feted debut album ‘The Uncle Sold’, prompting The Quietus to hail him as a “bold and starry-eyed visionary” and The Skinny to praise his “beautiful… stolen snapshots of glimpsed futures and lost pasts.” and BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction made the record one of their albums of the year. Now, four years on, Ed is to return with an album that will surely find him new followers alongside longtime fans such as Lauren Laverne, who described its predecessor as an “absolutely extraordinary” achievement. The Obvious I is a record that would see Dowie drawing on musical lessons learned throughout his life: from his childhood as a chorister in Dorset, taught to play piano by his father who himself composes choral classical 20th Century Music, to pivotal friendships made following the dissolution of his first group Brothers In Sound, when Dowie enrolled to study Music, Technology And Innovation at De Montford University in Leicester. The first module studied by Dowie during his time in Leicester introduced him to the work of minimalist composers such as Morton Feldman, Pauline Oliveros and La Monte Young. “It helped break down the barriers between what pop is and what all this other stuff is. I love the way sometimes little pockets of beautiful melodies sneak into the world of experimental music – Gavin Bryars’ Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet, the songs of Cornelius Cardew, the beauty and emotion in something like Terry Riley’s In C, and obviously the way the work of minimalists Philip Glass and Steve Reich seem to stray into quite sentimental areas.” The Obvious I was co produced by pioneering British experimental musician and sometime member of Polar Bear “Leafcutter John” Burton “John’s become something of a hero of mine over the years. Way back when he was in Polar Bear, I approached him after a couple of gigs, and he’d remembered me from those days. And really, his presence on the record was invaluable. He lent me equipment and gave me advice, then when I finished recording, I sent him the stems and he mixed the album.” What ultimately emerged from these efforts – and what reveals itself with successive plays – is a beguiling process of alchemy. Each song from The Obvious I is the culmination of a beautiful process of distillation. A crystal extracted from chaos. Tumult distilled into lullaby. “My biggest battle,” says Ed Dowie, “was to ask myself how I can make something that reflects the turbulence of this period without adding to it.” By that metric, and several more, The Obvious I is no small triumph.


1. Ed Dowie - Then Send Them 5:09
2. Ed Dowie - The Obvious I 4:33
3. Ed Dowie - Red Stone 4:14
4. Ed Dowie - How Light I 2:30
5. Ed Dowie - Number Eight Wire 2:58
6. Ed Dowie, Stephen Black - Under The Waves 4:59
7. Ed Dowie - Dear Florence 3:25
8. Ed Dowie - The Island 4:51
9. Ed Dowie - Robot Joy Army 3:28


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