Previewed by ‘Chaos Energy’, Daniel Avery’s Forthcoming Album Recalls Pensive, Emotive Records by Deftones, Portishead, Nick Cave, and Mogwai, Amongst Other Decade-Old Influences
“This is an intentionally heavy and dense album, the hooks often hidden in dusty corners,” Daniel Avery says on his new album, due for release this November 4th via Phantasy Sound. The most ambitious and accomplished studio album to date from the revered producer and composer, Ultra Truth is previewed by ‘Chaos Energy’ alongside a neo-futuristic video created using AI technology by close-collaborator Claudia Rafael.
Ultra Truth offers a very different listening experience to any of Avery’s previous records. It inhabits its own world of sound, a construct built in Avery’s Thames side studio with collaborative help from a host of friends: the production touch of Ghost Culture and Manni Dee, the vocals of HAAi, Jonnine Standish (HTRK), AK Paul and the voices of Marie Davidson, Kelly Lee Owens, Sherelle and James Massiah.
“Ultra Truth finds me in a different place to where I’ve been before. My previous albums have all focused on the idea of music being an escape or a distraction from the world but that’s not the case this time. For me this album is about looking directly into the darkness, not running away from it. There’s a way through these times but it involves keeping the important people in your life close to you and navigating the noise together…I’m no longer dealing in a misty-eyed euphoria. Ultra Truth is a distorted fever dream of a record: riled, determined, and alive.”
In creating Ultra Truth, Avery went back to many of the things that had inspired him to first make music as a teenager – pensive, emotive records by Deftones, Portishead, Nick Cave, or Mogwai, the exquisite darkness of David Lynch’s movies, and – on tracks like ‘Devotion’ and ‘Higher’ – the thunderous energy of leftfield rave music.
“I’m working with an entirely new world of sound on this record. Every single influence from the last decade spent on the road plays a part. Things that have been in the back of my mind forever, warped, distorted, and pushed to a new place.”
Ultra Truth will be available in multiple formats: a limited edition clear gatefold vinyl, cassette, and CD with each format including an exclusive bonus track. All formats are available for pre-order here.
Daniel will be performing his new live show at a string of festival dates this summer, kicking off at Nuit Sonores in Lyon at the end of May – the biggest outing for the project since touring America with Nine Inch Nails in 2018 – before rolling through Melt, Primavera, Roskilde as well as a homecoming show at Field Day in London.
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