It’s always a pleasure to be able to focus our Tipping Point limelight onto an exciting new artist from our very own North East pastures, and this week the pleasure is owed to production duo Gary Dempsey & Craig Clarke, a.k.a. Doldrum. First featured on my own home of Crack in the Road, by the brilliant Josh Dalton, little else is known about Doldrum, though their artwork and visuals are produced, and fantastically so, by Ruth Sheldon. With only two demos currently online, it is clearly early days for this outfit, however their exploration of lo-fi pop is incredibly promising.

‘The Sound of My Gun’ begins with a slightly awkward beat, jaggedly introducing a vocal line that increasingly becomes a vital component in guiding the listener throughout the narrative of the track. Running the same beat in the duration of the track, one becomes entranced in a hypnosis that allows one to pick up on the beautiful subtleties, before reaching a superb pop infused climax. As long as you don’t confuse them with Grimes’ best mate Doldrums, then Doldrum are certainly an act to watch in 2013.

Words by Ben Blackburn

Tipped by Josh Dalton from Crack in the Road

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