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Douglas Dare shares new single "New York" and its unsettling visuals

06 October 2016, 18:18 | Written by Laurence Day

Douglas Dare has unveiled "New York", the final single before second LP Aforger is released next week.

The new track follows Dare's impressive "Doublethink" and "Oh Father" singles. It's tender and delicate in places, with keys and Dare's voice standing front and centre - but it's far from twee. There's a malevolent streak worming its way through the noise, with shadows cast across each beat and choppy synth choirs smeared across the hooks.

Dan Jacobs, the video's director and animator, says of the visual accompaniment:

"The idea of alternate/parallel realities is something I have always enjoyed exploring in my work, and there was a big cross over with the themes Douglas was exploring on his new record and particularly the track ‘New York’.

"Working in 3D enabled us to stick very close to the original ideas behind the track - the idea of a fragmented/distorted or romanticised memory of a place, and being unable to distinguish between what was real and what is imaginary, or influenced by other imagery.

"By 3D scanning Douglas we were able to directly insert him into the world we created, which opened up some really interesting ways of exploring his conflict with the environment.

"The song’s got a real moody/noir tone to it, with these great explosive moments which was a great dynamic to work with visually. I wanted to create something really atmospheric and surreal, whilst making sure it was hard hitting and felt human and real."

Aforger is released 14 October via Erased Tapes. Find out more in our interview with Dare.
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