Dawn Golden Still Life on LP + Download
Dawn Golden is the work of Los Angeles-based producer Dexter Tortoriello. He gained exposure in 2010 when his other (much more serene) project, Houses began getting wide spread attention. Dawn Golden is its opposite. Influenced by everything from doom metal bands like Neurosis to avant noise artists such as Xiu Xiu, the songs pound with a calm, but dire urgency. The project began in Tortoriello’s bedroom as an experiment in different recording techniques, and quickly escalated as vocals were added and ideas rounded out.
Dawn Golden released his first EP, Blow, in April 2011. The effort, which featured standouts like “Blacks” and “White Sun,” received critical acclaim from NPR and Pitchfork. Post-Blow, Tortoriello started recording albums for both Dawn Golden and Houses, releasing Houses’ A Quiet Darkness in May 2013. During this period, he continued working on the songs for what would become Dawn Golden’s debut LP, Still Life.
The album was recorded over the last three years at the Mad Decent studios in Los Angeles. Still Life is built around stream-of-conscious craft that explores the doleful voids of addiction, love, and death. Led by its first single “All I Want,” Still Life gains its stark emotional perspective through some of the most unique production you’re likely to hear this year. There’s heavy exploration of sonic texture, and Tortoriello uses frozen cut-ups and creative vocal editing to flip a traditionally-futuristic sound into something that oozes feeling.
"An intensely sculpted collection of skittering electronics and delicate acoustic textures." - NPR
Dawn Golden Still Life Track Listing:
2. All I Want
3. Sleight Orchestra
4. I Won’t Bend
6. The Beekeeper
7. Still Life
9. Last Train
10. Brief Encounter