Daedelus – Drown Out
He has released 12 albums in as many years, but Daedelus shows no signs of tiring on his debut album for Anticon. Inspired by the turbulent emotions that followed the death of his friend and Brainfeeder collaborator Austin Peralta, and the passing of his grandmother, Drown Out is a deeply emotional, complex record, even by Daedelus standards, and he refuses to anchor those emotions lyrically.
Voices are used to great effect, whether on the album's centrepiece, the formal and classically-arranged choral track Tiptoes, featuring his wife Laura, or on the hip-hop flavoured Keep Still, which features a familiar rap hook. There are nods to his back catalogue in the cosmic soul of Perpetually, which recalls the sublime clockwork electronica of Denies The Days Demise.
Daedelus continues to define 'mercurial' with his intensely complex take on rhythm, melody and dynamic range. By turns reflective, uplifting and gloriously melancholic, it's another fantastic album from a genuinely unique producer.