DAN MICHAELSON
HEAR  ‘COLOURFIELD – PRELUDE’ HERE AND ON SOUNDCLOUD
NEW ALBUM ‘COLOURFIELD’ OUT ON 24 JULY ON VILLAGE GREEN RECORDINGS

Dan Michaelson has announced the release of his new album ‘Colourfield’, out on 24th July on Village Green Recordings.
Having made its radio debut on Elizabeth Alker’s BBC Radio 3 show Unclassified, ‘Colourfield – Prelude’ is Dan’s first instrumental release for the contemporary music label. Sharing some common ground with Spiritualized, John Luther Adams, Gavin Bryars and Mogwai, ‘Prelude’ employs cavernous saxophone drones, distorted reverbs and orchestral sweeps to create a slowly unfolding sound mass, exposing an introduction to ‘Colourfield’ at its core.
LISTEN TO ‘COLOURFIELD – PRELUDE’ HERE AND ON SOUNDCLOUD
On making the decision to step back from singing and lyric writing, the thinking was simple, “everyone gets tired of the sound of their own voice sometimes…”.
Though better known for his solo albums of dark, Americana tinged reflection, Dan is no stranger to instrumental music, having spent the past few years creating score for film (Blowin’Up 2018) and television (Detectorists Series 1,2 &3. 2016-2018), and gradually building confidence with orchestra through his trilogy of albums ‘Distance’, ‘Memory’ and ‘First Light’,  his 2017 album for voice and strings.
“Whilst working on the tone of those records, I fell in love with the likes of John Adams, Steve Reich, Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Caroline Shaw with the same force that I had fallen for The Velvet Underground, Leonard Cohen and Jonathan Richman many years before, and with the same outcome.. the inspiration to investigate a new direction”.
The result is a vast field of sound, as informed by texture and human intervention as it is by melody. “The hope is to be lost in it, to get to the other side with no memory of where you set out from ”
Working closely with violist and conductor Robert Ames and violinist Galya Bisengalieva to complete the record, Dan found their way of working to be “very similar to being in a band, just with less wrong notes”.
“The laureate of emotional desolation” Uncut
“Michaelson is a master” The Times
“A miserabilist masterpiece” The Telegraph
“Michaelson is a master of the bleak atmosphere” Q
“Melancholic gold” Mojo

Photo credit: Giovanna Ferin
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