DALLAS ACID REVEAL NEW LP ON ENO-ASSOCIATED LABEL
The Spiral Arm will be released on 1 November on All Saints Records. The band have released an edit of the title track and tour Europe with Bill Callahan next month.
Dallas Acid is a synth-heavy dreampop trio from Austin, Texas and the first new signing to All Saints Records in a number of years. Following previous releases on Flying Moonlight and Olde English Spelling Bee, they join a roster that includes Brian Eno, Harold Budd and Laraaji (who the band previously collaborated with on 2018’s Arrive Without Leaving album).
All Saints Records founder Dominic Norman-Taylor comments: “Dallas Acid's unique mix of minimalist electronic music with a big ballad sensibility creates gorgeous, utterly compelling immersive soundworlds. All Saints Records is delighted to release their album The Spiral Arm. Dallas Acid is our first new signing for several years. It’s been worth the wait”.
Dallas Acid: “We are honoured and humbled to be a part of the incredible All Saints family, and share label space with so many legendary, talented pioneers whose explorations into the ambient, electronic and avant-garde helped to influence and guide us to the creation of The Spiral Arm.”
The sky-gazing wonder of Linda Beecroft’s vocals on the title track recall the breathy intimacy of Mazzy Star, yet draped with almost symphonic banks of synthesizers blinking into infinity, expertly operated by Christian Havins and Michael Gerner, redolent of the deepest end of classic kosmische music. Other tracks such as the instrumental “Circuit Jungle” touch upon the ‘Fourth World’ experiments of Jon Hassell with a mixture of moog abstractions and FX-drenched acoustic percussion. At other points they touch upon the rain-drenched soundtracks of Vangelis and other more mysterious, electronic arthouse film scores. The band describe the creation of the album as follows:
“The Spiral Arm originally began as a live performance at the Scobee Planetarium in San Antonio - a soundtrack meant to accompany a visual journey through the cosmos. When we took the pieces out on the road over the next few months, these primarily improvisational ambient works evolved into the more traditionally-structured songs you hear on the album. We combined the more straightforward, melodic approach to songwriting we took on Spa Hunter, with the more lavish orchestrations and experimental environments of Original Soundtrack.
The Spiral Arm still functions as an auditory transport for interstellar adventure, but it's focus is pointed firmly back to the human experience on planet Earth: celebrating love and life, overcoming gut-wrenching tragedy, and coping with the increasingly bizarre, science-fiction reality we face as a species every day. We hope the listener finds beauty, courage, inspiration, and at least some sense of comfort and shelter from the storm.”
Watch ‘The Spiral Arm’ video
Stream ‘The Spiral Arm (edit)’
Tour dates (all with Bill Callahan)
Sun 29 Sept - Vicar Street, Dublin, IE
Tues 1 Oct - Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK
Weds 2 Oct - Albert Hall, Manchester, UK
Thurs 3 Oct - Eventim Apollo, London, UK
Sat 5 Oct - La Cigale, Paris, FR
Sun 6 Oct - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, BE
Mon 7 Oct - Tivolivredenburg, Ultrecht, NL
Tues 8 Oct - Admiralspalast, Berlin, DE
Thurs 10 Oct - Store Vega, Copenhagen, DK
Fri 11 Oct - Rockefeller Music Hall, Oslo, NO
Sat 12 Oct - Gota Lejon, Stockholm, SE
Sun 13 Oct - Pustervik, Gothenburg, SE
Dallas Acid is a synth-based trio in Austin, TX inspired by 1970s German and French electronic music, early minimalism and ambient music. Since 2015 they've been performing live in planetariums, galleries, theaters, churches, and many other unconventional spaces. After playing the traveling culinary experience/projection cube Monkeytown, they collaborated with Paz Lenchantin of the Pixies to create an original new score for F. W. Murnau's Nosferatu, which they performed live in 2016 at the Blue Starlite Drive-In Theater on Halloween.
In the spring of 2018 Dallas Acid was featured at HBO's Westworld interactive SXSW experience, followed by an east coast tour with Dead Meadow and performances with legendary ambient/new-age musician LARAAJI. An impromptu collaborative recording session with LARAAJI and long-time partner Arji OceAnanda gave birth to a new LP: Arrive Without Leaving, available now on Flying Moonlight Records. Their critically-acclaimed LPs Original Soundtrack (2016) and Spa Hunter (2017) are also available at flyingmoonlight.com.
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