Being a music writer means reading a lot of press releases and artist biographies. Most of these are completely functional documents that nearly immediately find themselves flung in the virtual purgatory of Gmail's bin, waiting 30 agonizing days to vanish into the ether forever. Every so often, though, an electronic bulletin arrives and demands to be read over and over. A recent email from Norwich's finest balearic label Cosmic Pint Glass was one of those.
"DOM IV is a 187cm tall with green eyes and small teeth. After being born some time ago, this person developed a keen interest in patterns and vibrations, especially those involving fluctuations of air pressure through 4 dimensions (sound waves) and their subsequent effects on the beings able to perceive them," it started. Which was promising. "Having experimented with and studied this sort of thing for quite a while, it's now time to begin sharing some of the resulting music," it went on to say. "This ongoing project aims to stimulate the emotions, bodies and intellects of the receivers in an enjoyable way so that we can all have a great time."
I like having a great time and I like balearic music so I figured I'd like DOM IV. I did. A lot. So we asked if we could premiere DOM IV's new record for Cosmic Pint Glass, and CPG's Ben Mansfield said "Yes, you can." So we did. Check out our chat with Ben and DOM IV's gorgeous "Dunes" below.
THUMP: Tell us a little more about DOM IV.
Ben Mansfield: DOM IV's music ranges from being highly energized, melodic and emotive to rhythmic and sequenced to drone like soundscape ambience. It has little regard for genres and his creative process is unorthodox, inventive, and exuberant. The live shows consist of high energy, lots of hardware, and huge variations in sound with a flowing narrative between tracks. All in all he's a highly creative individual.
In fact, here's a little story about why I like DOM IV. I knew I wanted to release some of DOM IV's music even before I had a record label. I had stayed late at a gig—only a few people remained, DOM IV came on and started his set. It was a rollercoaster ride of emotions and all of the remaining revellers were going mental! It's always been like that with DOM IV.
We booked him for a show in London and he unassumingly turned up with 8 or so bits of hardware (one of which being a pocket radio) and cobbled them together on the side of the stage. I was worried the gear would fuck up and the reception on the pocket radio would be awful (he was using it to add some uncontrollable elements and the sound of the static). By the end of the gig everyone was going mental and DOM IV was pulled off the stage and was crowd surfed all the way to the bar. I've never seen that before or since.
Can you tell us a little about "Dunes"?
Dunes is a beautiful soundscape track that transports the listener straight to the North African desert. It has a thought-provoking quality that takes the listener on a trip. A trip maybe of self-discovery, but it is never threatening and has a relaxed, almost luxurious approach that make the listener feel at home in this nomadic journey of thought. It's also 13 and half minutes long, but I never feel rushed to finish the track.
So there you have it—slip into something comfortable and glide up into the outer reaches of the cosmos. DOM IV's waiting for you. Check out "Dunes" in all its glory below:
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