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Daniel Avery
Love + Light
Phantasy Sound / [PIAS]
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Release Date
June 26, 2020


Love + Light makes hay with both sides of the Daniel Avery unique aesthetic. This is a record which finds club-demolishing techno sounds softened by deft textural work, one where dreamy atmospherics are given a pulse by gentle yet insistent drum programming.

Acid inflections and thunderous techno stomps drive Love + Light forward at points. Take the second track ‘Dusting For Smoke’, for instance, a high-octane banger powered by a ten-tonne kick drum. Furthermore, the combination of grainy hauntology meeting rave atmospherics and dawn-chorus keyboard timbres that were found on previous Avery LPs like Song For Alpha remain here - indeed, these are the sounds which heighten the smoggy beauty of dub-techno joints such as ‘Dream Distortion’ and ‘Darlinnn’.

More textural tones come to dictate proceedings as Love + Light wears on. At times the record is spun out into halcyon-glow ambient-techno numbers - some of the tracks towards the end of the record have a gorgeous, gauzy quality about them. Elsewhere Avery supercharges his synthetic pads to create skyscraping textures pitched somewhere between ambient, shoegaze and power electronics - see ‘After The Fire’ on this count.

Love + Light is a record which takes in both Daniel Avery’s club-ready output and his more contemplative, ambient-adjacent work. The results are dynamic, ambitious and frequently very beautiful.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 London Island 5:50 Buy
  2. 2 Dusting For Smoke 5:38 Buy

    Dusting For Smoke

  3. 3 Dream Distortion 5:59 Buy

    Dream Distortion

  4. 4 Katana 1:35 Buy
  5. 5 Darlinnn 5:42 Buy
  6. 6 Depth Wish 1:09 Buy
  7. 7 Searing Light, Forward Motion 2:35 Buy

    Searing Light, Forward Motion

  8. 8 Infinite Future 6:45 Buy

    Infinite Future

  9. 9 After The Fire 3:00 Buy

    After The Fire

  10. 10 Into The Arms Of Stillness 5:48 Buy

    Into The Arms Of Stillness

  11. 11 Fuzzwar 4:38 Buy
  12. 12 Pure Life 2:36 Buy
  13. 13 A Story in E5 4:32 Buy
  14. 14 One More Morning 4:24 Buy

    One More Morning

Daniel Avery

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Phantasy Sound / [PIAS]

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Dancefloor and Techno

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