Dorset-born pianist and singer, Douglas Dare, has become fixated with the idea of the double life. Discovering his boyfriend had been living a “double life” led him to re-read George Orwell’s frightfully bleak classic, Nineteen Eighty-Four.
“Orwell explains this idea of reality control and Doublethink, and it struck a chord with me,” explained Dare in a conversation with Erased Tapes Records in July 2016. “The idea that truth can be steered or changed, and we might be able to believe two contradictory things at once. In my case, ignorance was my protection from the truth and ignorance really is bliss, until you’re no longer ignorant.”
An accurate description. Painfully so. A swelling piano melody and his glacial vocals are at the heart of Dare’s musical expression of doublethink. It’s moody, it’s haunting, it’s a shot of melancholy. Orwell’s Ministry of Thought will be pleased.
Doublethink appears on Aforger, released on October 14, 2016, on Erased Tapes Records.
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