The mastermind artist behind maudlin of the Well and Kayo Dot, Toby Driver returns with his third solo album. Following a twelve year gap between debut “In the L..L..Library Loft” and sophomore album “Madonnawhore”, inspiration has flooded once again into a brilliant statement of quiet contemplation and repose in his third album, “They Are the Shield”.
Notes of singer-songwriter sensibilities bubble beneath a fog of synthesizers, expansive soundscapes, lush chamber strings, and sullen atmospheres, punctuated and driven with a soft percussive heartbeat.
Invoking dark autumn days, Driver showcases the masterful composition style perfected over the years in maudlin of the Well and Kayo Dot, extracting the metal from the former and the chaos from the latter to deliver a calm, soft, yet bitter wind essential to the season. For many long-time fans, this will feel like a proper return to form following the long absence of maudlin of the Well. Injected into that formula is a more modern twist which brings to mind such luminaries as Ólafur Arnalds, Grouper, Ulver, and Jóhann Jóhannsson.
Toby Driver’s band will feature:
Timba Harris (Secret Chiefs 3, Estradasphere, Duo Probosci) on violin
Charlie Schmid (Del Judas, Vaura, Tombs) on drums
Nick Hudson (The Academy of Sun) on keys
Check out the new album 'They are the Shield' and previous album 'Madonnawhore'
Del Judas is composer Charlie Schmid's blackened Americana project. Shimmering reverb and thundering rhythms roil, shake and seduce the dust off your boots. Melancholy melodies meet 80s hard pop that delves into darkness on the edge of town. Described as "music that transcends familiar boundaries and appeals to the dark romantic in us all" by PopMatters, Del Judas conjures elements of Chris Isaak, Echo and the Bunnymen, Waylon Jennings and the sounds of the desert to shape their sonic grimoire.
Nick Hudson has already produced a vast wealth of music, weaving densely-textured arrangements into a truly epic sound, encompassing progressive rock, modern composition, jazz, lo-fi pop, folk and outright psychedelia. Collaborations have featured Asva, Hexenverfolgung, Ekca Liena, members of Kayo Dot, and David Tibet (Current 93), Michael Salerno