Delmer Darion: Morning Pageants: Signed Gatefold Vinyl
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Morning Pageants: Signed Gatefold Vinyl

Delmer Darion

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  • Release Date 16 October 2020
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Vinyl LP
Practise Music

A remarkable, genre-shifting debut album about the death of Satan as a tragedy for the imagination, merging heavy shoegaze, folk and industrial electronics across a ten-track account. It's already been called "a paradigm shift in underground music."

For fans of: Low, Lapalux, Radiohead

Original release: 16 October 2020

Format: Signed Gatefold Vinyl LP, Signed CD - these sold out in a flash first time we put them up, for very good reason.

Limited Edition Cave Black Vinyl LP housed in a signed gatefold sleeve. Morning Pageants is the Loud and Quiet, Clash, Electronic Sound and BBC 6 Music-supported debut album by Delmer Darion.

Delmer Darion is the West Midlands-born and North London-based experimental electronic/ IDM project of Tom Lenton and Oliver Jack, taking its name from the deep-sea diver found at the top of a charred tree after a forest fire in Paul Thomas Anderson’s cult film ‘Magnolia’.

Their debut album ‘Morning Pageants’ has been five-years in the making: a sprawling, industrial ten-track account of the death of the devil as a tragedy for the imagination, inspired by a line in the Wallace Stevens poem ‘Esthétique du Mal’, due for release this October on Practise Music (Squid, Shards, William Doyle).

Archival accounts and true stories patter against Delmer Darion’s simulated journey in and out of hell. A monk is tasked to write down all the world’s knowledge in one night; a woman feigns her own demonic possession to cash in from a roadshow, exposed as a fraud only when unknowingly made to drink holy water, gagged by a piece of the True Cross; a violinist is refused a Catholic burial, suspected to be in leagues with the devil; a writer pretends to be possessed by the spirit of a poet, and produces volumes of work at her command.

A vast aural landscape is covered from the opening melodies coded in the constructed language of Solresol. Dissolved folk songs curtail the lo-fi edge of Gareth Williams & Mary Currie’s ‘Flaming Tunes’. At times it’s Yves Tumor being hit around the head with a disco ball, at others there’s an ambient and sinister warmth like the crackle of a burning piano. Decentered rhythmic assemblies of analogue drum machines play through a series of guitar pedals and thunderous bass swells from a self-oscillating filter feedback patch. Sequenced together, they’re shrouded in the same intricate noise of self-sampling and tape degradation.

Mastered in Minneapolis by Huntley Miller (Low, Bon Iver).

1 290 Recto  
2 Darkening  
3 Wildering  
4 Narrowing  
5 Lacuna  
6 Pearse  
7 Brossier  
8 Genoa  
9 St. Louis  
10 Television  

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