The new album by Gagarin is titled The Great North Wood and is inspired by the ancient forest of South London after which it’s named. It is also inspired by more mythical notions of the forest as a place of healing, safety, mystery and threat. Recorded over the last year final mixes were done during lockdown adding a new lense of exploration.
At times blissed out and ambient, at others more beat-driven and glitchy, in The Great North Wood Gagarin uses aching melody, field recordings, subtle beat programming, radio waves, analogue and digital synthesis to create this collection of intricate shortform compositions.
Enjoy the exclusive premiere of Gagarin “Eskil” from The Great North Wood below:
More About Gagarin
Gagarin is the solo project of Graham “ Dids” Dowdall – member of avant-rock legends Pere Ubu and former collaborator with Nico & John Cale and many more.
As Gagarin he makes instrumental electronica with a sound all of its own sitting astride multiple genres and styles. He has released a series of albums which have gained increasing acclaim. His last album Corvid received great reviews & features across the globe (XLR8R, Big Shot, Rockerilla, Electronic Sound, Freq etc) and regular airplay on BBC 6 , Amazing Radio , Resonance FM, RTE, Bayern2, NDR.
Before that, hisalbum Aoticp received widespread acclaim and was described by Boiler Room as “sparkingly new ” and “magnificent genre-hopping” in Impulse as well as great reviews in Wire, Quietus and airplay across Europe including repeated BBC Radio 3 plays.
Gagarin The Great North Wood Track Listing:
01. South London Commons
03. Enchanter’s Nightshade
04. Desire Paths
05. Tortina Taormina
08. Hog’s Back
09. Green Air