Daniel Avery has announced a new album, 'Ultra Truth', and shared the first single, 'Chaos Energy'.
The track is out now, and comes complete with a futuristic video directed by frequent collaborator Claudia Rafael, which was made using artificial intelligence. As with the full album, it represents something of a stylistic departure for the DJ and producer, with Avery revisiting art and sounds that inspired him as a teenager during the process of creating the LP. For example, Deftones, Portishead, Nick Cave and the films of David Lynch are all cited as influences on the album
“'Ultra Truth' finds me in a different place to where I’ve been before. My previous albums have all focused on the idea of music being an escape or a distraction from the world but that’s not the case this time. For me this album is about looking directly into the darkness, not running away from it," Avery said.
"There’s a way through these times but it involves keeping the important people in your life close to you and navigating the noise together. This is an intentionally heavy and dense album, the hooks often hidden in dusty corners. I’m no longer dealing in a misty-eyed euphoria. 'Ultra Truth' is a distorted fever dream of a record: riled, determined and alive," he continued. “I’m working with an entirely new world of sound on this record. Every single influence from the last decade spent on the road plays a part. Things that have been in the back of my mind forever, warped, distorted and pushed to a new place.”
The long-form release, slated to land on 4th November, boasts a slew of high profile guest appearances, with voice and vocal credits including HAAi, SHERELLE, Kelly Lee Owens, James Messiah, and AK Paul, and production nods to Ghost Culture and Manni Dee. Elsewhere on the album, fans will find the blissful and reflective homage to the late-Andrew Weatherall, 'Lone Swordsman', originally released as a single following the UK electronic legend's passing in 2020.
“Andrew was an enormously important figure in my life. It’s been said about him so many times, but Andrew was someone who did things entirely on his own terms, an outsider through and through," Avery said. "He was a punk rocker as much as he was a techno DJ. I've always held on to what he taught me which was to offer a true expression of who you are at all times. That’s the ultimate goal. If this record sounds like it comes from a more shadowy place, that’s what it is and that’s who I am.”
In addition to the fresh studio work, Avery will showcase a new live show over the coming months, debuting at Lyon's hugely respected Nuits Sonores late-May. Performances are also confirmed for Germany's Melt, Primavera in Spain, Danish gathering Roskilde, and Belgium's Dour.
Dan Avery Live Tour Dates
27/5 - Nuit Sonores, France
9/6 - Melt, Germany
11/6 - Primavera, Spain
29/6 - Roskilde, Denmark
17/7 - Dour, Belgium