DALLAS ACID release single ‘Vacker’, taken from new album out via BRIAN ENO-associated label ALL SAINTS RECORDS

September 26, 2019

Dallas Acid ‘The Spiral Arm’ November 1st All Saints Records

Dallas Acid is a synth-heavy dreampop trio from Austin, Texas. 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) on All Saints Records, who in recent years have predominantly focused on issuing new editions of some of their much-loved catalogue. 

Of new single ‘Vacker’ they tell us; “It was born out of a dub-inspired groove we created on the giant modular we call “The Brain.” In January, when we were recording the track, there was an incredibly beautiful full lunar eclipse that for us brought an overwhelming sense of personal healing and emotional release. This celestial experience not only inspired us personally, but seemed to help bring the song together as well. An eclipse is the darkening of a celestial body, something both beautiful and tragic. Vacker is Swedish for “beautiful,” in this case, the beauty of insight that sometimes comes from loss.” 

The sky-gazing wonder of Linda Beecroft’s vocals on the title track of ‘The Spiral Arm’ 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 descirbe 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.” 

Tour dates – supporting 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 

Album track-list: 

1. ‘The Spiral Arm’
2. ‘Vacker’
3. ‘Circuit Jungle’
4. ‘Zavana’
5. ‘I Fågelns Sång’
6. ‘Silk Rain’
7. ‘Emaljets Hav’ 

Pre-Order album here

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