It’s been a long time coming but Castlemaine’s Oliver Hugh Perry, aka D.D Dumbo, has finally released his first full length album ‘Utopia Defeated’.
Eagerly anticipating its release and living off the vast sounds of his glorious debut EP, ‘Tropical Oceans,’ I have been looking forward to this album which has been two years in the making.
Cooking up global sounds in a universal, musical melting pot, D.D Dumbo creates his unique music using simple drum beats, loop pedals and a 12-string guitar; also drawing upon nature as a chief inspiration.
‘Utopia Defeated’ is an epic, unfurling project sprung from Oliver’s imagination, written and performed almost entirely by him. Based in the 4AD Studios in London, the album was recorded, engineered and produced by Perry and 4AD’s resident engineer Fabian Prynn.
Featuring the singles ‘Satan’ and ‘Walrus’, the ten track album has been described by Uncut magazine as “a looping, globally attuned 2016 update of Jeff Buckley’s ‘Grace’.”
I’m certainly not going to argue with that statement, D.D Dumbo has been by far one of the most exciting, unusual and intriguing artists to cross my path in a long time and I can’t rant about his music enough!
Recorded two years ago at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Paris comes the mighty ‘Brother’, definitely one of my stand-out tracks and this performance is utterly stunning. Watch D. D Dumbo’s live performance above.
Released yesterday, ‘Utopia Defeated’ can be purchased from here
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