Dark Red is the second studio album by American electronic musician Shlohmo. It was released through True Panther Sounds on April 7, 2015.
Shlohmo - Dark Red It's safe to say some Shlohmo fans will be confused by Dark Red, particularly those who came across the LA producer through his work with Jeremih. The artist we once knew for his reflective, folk-laced R&B beats has all but abandoned this template in favour of something more challenging. In fact, the only thing Dark Red really has in common Shlohmo's last album, Bad Vibes, is a hip-hop influence and the presence of guitar. Dark Red's best moments tend to be percussive. Other parts of the album don't fare as well. Shlohmo has always shown a fondness for shoegaze textures and heavily distorted lead guitar, but here a gloomy post-rock sound is shoved to the forefront from the outset. This isn't inherently a bad thing, and true enough, there are some lovely moments. The wistful melody of "Remains" is Shlohmo at his best-it's so personal you can almost picture him writing it.
Dark Red (2xLP, Album). True Panther Sounds, Wedidit Collective. Intentionally distressing sounds to echo the icy menace and emotional charge found on early black metal and rave tapes, Dark Red is a deeply transformative album that leaves no room for subtlety. Indeed, in every fractious riff and synthetic beat you feel that Laufer is crying out for an instant reaction through the carefully codified layers of unearthly sound.
Dark Red contains 11 new tracks from Shlohmo, including previously released offerings such as Buried and Beams. The album showcases a darker, heavier side of Shlohmo, who has made it clear that he intends for his sophomore effort to be devastating and violent, polarizing, and emotionally-taxing. You can stream Dark Red in full via New York Times. For more on Shlohmo, check out our recent Essentials with the WEDIDIT sound-sculptor. More ▾. Stream Shlohmo's 'Dark Red' Album.
Dark Red isn’t dramatically different from Shlohmo’s 2011 debut, Bad Vibes, which was almost spectral in the way that it trapped melancholy R&B melodies within its synth walls. It’s not too different from No More either, where he also tinkered with R&B - just without disembodying it. His crushingly warped sounds here, though, are even more muffled, denser, darker. It’s almost laughable that he didn’t name this one Worse Vibes, because a numbing anxiety hangs over songs like Buried and Emerge From Smoke, and he captures its essence without letting it dictate the tone
Now, the LA innovator has announced Dark Red, his first album since 2011′s Bad Vibes. Stream new single ‘Buried’ below.
Now, the LA innovator has announced Dark Red (his first album since 2011’s Bad Vibes), which he describes as sounding as if Electric Wizard tried to make an R&B record, or Boards of Canada meets Burzum by the River Styx. Here is his brief statement about the record: When I started working on Dark Red about two and a half years ago, I had just moved back to LA and built a small studio in my apartment, mostly with my dad’s old gear from the 80s. I had just lost some people close to me and was dealing with another loved one’s health issues