Scald Rougish - Idioal Oifrmech [LP]


Scald Rougish - Idioal Oifrmech [LP]


Label: Ge-stell

Format: LP

Year: 2017

Chris Douglas is perhaps best known for his Dalglish project in recent years, although this is the first time I’ve checked in since the O.S.T. Waetka disc iDEAL nearly a decade ago (still have a fondness for that era of mostly black digipaks on the label). Naturally the sound is significantly more refined on a technical level and far less crunchy. Condensed, home-version acousmatic music that morphs and tumbles like recordings of a futuristic obstacle course being manipulated through pliable sheets of expensive plastics, alternating with long breaths of languid string synths. Many have folded post-techno idioms into the lineage of academic tape music, and Douglas remains an early adapter and stalwart. Top notch electronic music with some brainier tendencies free from archives and rehash.


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A1 — Sceπ°∂°¬~ç° ̈∫^ƒlior (05:36)
A2 — N(U()(_{C}SyfR( (03:00)
A3 — Sπ†≈ƒæ>‘fg (02:42)
A4 — WbSh°Ë‹_°8ipu (04:34)
A5 — Jƒ ̇~h_lΔ ̈_J2ç¬oa°(03:31)
B1 — Id¬“≤iøß–oal (05:00)
B2 — 6_HTƒß8ItV (03:25)
B3 — U ̈^∫∂f4r4g5 (02:18)
B4 — 1_(2^¥ ̇_•o ̇a_^ 1 (05:04)
B5 — Ex_øOπ (04:00)
150g black vinyl in full color, direct-to-board jacket with gloss varnish finish.
Mastered by Thomas Dimuzio at Gench Studios
Design by Joe Gilmore and Cameron Shafii

There is in Chris Douglas’ Dalglish an elusive spot that resists pinpointing, an articulation on the trajectory from here to there, from point of origin to target. There is in his productions a dense, dot-like point scattered with cells.

Douglas started in San Francisco, where he held ambient techno parties with Jonah Sharp (Spacetime Continuum), and in 1992, he released his first 12” titled 'Basilar' as O.S.T. while residing in Detroit. There, he learned from and formed close ties to ‘Mad’ Mike Banks (Underground Resistance) and James Stinson (Drexciya). Several years later Douglas returned to San Francisco releasing titles for Phthalo and Isolate, among others, in addition to the dance-hostile 'Seimlste' 2 x LP on his Qlipothic label. In 2001, he supported Autechre as O.S.T. for their 'Confield' tour, and in 2003, was selected by Autechre to perform at ATP 3.0, in Camber Sands. Since then, Douglas has been based in Berlin. In between lines other names occur - Dalglish, Seaes, Scald Rougish - covering what was not mentioned.

Chris Douglas’ Dalglish is very personal and his Ge-stell debut 'Dorcha Aigeann' carries with it a range of meaning and complication. His compositions render bright, brittle passages, allowing for exploration of fatigue and fracture in digital signal processing techniques. These tracks are entangled into a web of splintering percussive patterns, arrhythmic textures and amorphous forms, titled in an asymmetrical variant of Scots Gaelic. In 2015, Dalglish toured the West Coast with Cameron Shafii, returning to the United States for the first time in over a decade.

–Cameron Shafii