In Death's Dream Kingdom is a voyage into the unknown for Houndstooth and all the artists on it.
It represents a complete rethink about what it means to compile and commission music in the streaming era – and the tracks and seductively dark atmospheres conjured as a result are exploring all kinds of new sonic territory, too. In short, the cream of leftfield electronic talent have been given a brief: to take the phrase “in Death's dream kingdom”, or the whole of TS Elliot's poem The Hollow Men from which it comes, as inspiration. The resulting 25 tracks will be released, one by one, together with further online texts, and extraordinary artwork by Jazz Szu-Ying Chen, to build into a new kind of audio-visual artefact. Not an album in the traditional sense, certainly more than just a playlist, it brings together a seriously diverse array of talents into a coherent whole with a vivid aesthetic reverberating through it. It occupies a similar space to the great home listening electronica acts of the 90s – Future Sound Of London, Global Communication, the Artificial Intelligence axis – but there are no throwbacks here: this is radical in sound and thought. Dark music for dark times.
« A gorgeous, snowbound record. You either listen to this or you make a big mistake » (Norman Records)
« An extraodinary LP. Deeply Meditative » (Mary Anne Hobbs / BBC)
« A self-inflicted duel between light and dark forces" (Self-Titled Mag)
« Alter is a triumphant record in its entirety. Seamlessly moving from light to shade » (Richard Knox)
Limited vnyl edition released on Icarus Records, Vynilla Vinyls - 2016
« At once dangerous and stunningly beautiful » (FACT magazine)
« An absolutly incredible piece of music » (Mary Anne Hobbs / BBC)
« An incredible odyssey. A great year for classical deconstruction/detonation/disintegration with records by Roly Porter, Paul Jebanasam and Otto Lindholm » (The Bug)
« Stunning » (Rob Booth / Electronic Explorations)
« WOW » (Throwing Snow)
« Perfect train journey soundtrack » (Yves de Mey)