Today, enigmatic trip-pop group Doprah deliver their highly-anticipated debut album Wasting, from the eerie, reed-filled depths of its conception.
Recorded over a period of three years following 2011’s Christchurch earthquake, the album’s atmosphere is dark, undulating and electric. Sounds throb, crack, glisten and weave across a genre-melting sonic landscape.
As Brooklyn Vegan, who are live streaming the album said earlier this week, Doprah "get a lot of (accurate) comparisons to Bjork and Massive Attack.... if the lush, alluring world that conjures interests you, the band's upcoming debut LP, Wasting, deserves a place in your collection next to them".
Wasting sees the six-piece band’s ethereal sound reach a new level of fidelity and cohesion, with credit due to the band’s principal producer Steven Marr. Liquid synthesizers and cavernous programmed beats are fused with traditional live instruments to create a trendless sound, uniquely Doprah. Finishing tweaks were applied by esteemed mastering engineer Jamal Ruhe (Swans, Built to Spill).
Following the success of their breakout self-titled EP and a series of captivating videos, Doprah bloomed in the online music climate around the globe, punctuating the blogosphere, dipping their toes in Australian waters and playing New York's CMJ Festival. “All hail the arrival of another odd-pop export from New Zealand,” waxed Spin magazine.
Doprah have created a visionary debut - a powerful statement of intent crafted by an unusually talented young band on a tiny island at the bottom of the world. Wasting is out today digitally and on vinyl in New Zealand and North America. Tour dates are to be announced soon.
Stream the Album on Spotify below