Douglas Dare / Temple Invisible
Douglas Dare is a London-based singer-songwriter, originally from the coastal town of Bridport, South West England.
Douglas released his first EP ‘Seven Hours’ in September 2013 on the Erased Tapes label. It was received to much applause, with Mary Anne Hobbs describing the EP as, “very strange and wonderful”, and Drowned In Sound announcing him as “a bright new talent”. After an extensive European tour with fellow Erased Tapes artist, Ólafur Arnalds, Douglas began recording his debut album ‘Whelm’ with his drummer/producer Fabian Prynn, before embarking on his first North American tour with label mate Nils Frahm in early 2014.
His live sound combines acoustic instrumentation including piano and percussion with glitchy electronic elements. Inspired by the likes of Portishead, Elliot Smith and James Blake, Douglas combines a rich and haunting vocal with lyrics crafted from his own poems and short prose.
Early reviews of his debut album champion it’s originality with The Quietus quoted as saying, “it’s bittersweet, raw and honest…” and The Guardian calling it, ‘distinctive and strikingly new.’.
Temple Invisible is an electronic rock duo, formed in 2012 in Bucharest, Romania. The band is comprised of Irina Bucescu and Costas Ivanov.
Temple Invisible‘s music diffuses a unique blend of electronic influences and musical genres combined with a classical sense of composition.
Since releasing their debut single ‘Disappearance’ in May 2014 they have had a pretty ripper year. Whether playing multiple venues around the hometown, performing on the main stage at Electric Castle Festival in Transylvania or finding new fans around the world it’s fair to say the guys have been off to a nice start.
In December 2015, they released their debut EP called ‘Enter_’. At the same time, they’ve been getting rave reviews across the internet as well as comparisons to the likes of Depeche Mode, Radiohead, NIN, Massive Attack and Portishead.
“Paving the way in electronic music” — Hunger Magazine
“The crushing intensity of their music comes equipped with a redemptive, blissful edge” — Clash Magazine
“Imagine if Daughter went ’80s goth or a more psychedelic Portishead and you’ll probably land in the ballpark of Temple Invisible” — The Line of Best Fit
“Irina’s vocals draw you in with a dangerously smooth delivery of tone while the accompanying electro beats and synth sounds deliver wave after wave of hedonistic pleasure” — Suba-Culture
“These guys are very much a sound of their own making. A trio of multi-instrumentalists, they fuse heavy alt-rock inspired guitar riffs with a savage array of viscid beats, guiding all the while with twisting electronica and unsettling wispy tones from vocalist Irina Bucescu” — Sonicscope
“(…) Bucharest three-piece Temple Invisible audibly pilfer a fair amount from many a more Western counterpart (Collide features breathy, trip hoppy vocals courtesy of Irina Bucescu; protuberant, distorted bass lines of which Colin Greenwood could be proud; a built-up breakdown that sounds not unlike Björk fronting Blue Lines-era Massive Attack) although the Romanians have interwoven their influences together with one another in so nimble a manner, that their music should incorporate the precision seen in the amorphous reticulum from the above artwork.” — Dots & Dashes