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Doprah Announce 'Wasting' Album Release Tour

Doprah Announce 'Wasting' Album Release Tour

Wednesday 20th January, 2016 1:01PM

Trip hop act Doprah are gearing up to release their debut album Wasting next month and to celebrate have lined up a four-date tour around the country. Originally a duo comprised of Steven John Marr and Indira Force, the new record sees the group expand to a six-piece bringing a new level of craftsmanship to their sound off-the-back of their much-lauded self-titled EP. Wasting is set for release on 19th February, after which the tour will kick off. Here are the details...


Friday 26th February, Valhalla, Wellington
Saturday 27th February, Golden Dawn, Auckland
Friday 4th March, Christchurch Public Art Gallery, Christchurch
Saturday 5th March, Chick's Hotel, Dunedin

Here's the video for single 'Lucid Visions' that was released late last year...



Following the success of their breakout self-titled EP and a series of captivating videos, Doprah is set to deliver their highly-anticipated debut album Wasting in February 2016, from the eerie, reed-filled depths of its conception. The six-piece will tour New Zealand with the new album, playing four shows around the country in February and March.

Recorded over a period of three years following 2011’s Christchurch earthquake, the album’s atmosphere is dark, undulating and electric. Sounds throb, crack, glisten and weave across a genre-melting sonic landscape. “We're lost, but we're safe... and there's a strange peace to be found in this wasteland,” remarked Yours Truly magazine.

A child of the internet, Doprah was born from an online collaboration between Steven Marr and Indira Force, resulting in the self-titled EP which exploded on New Zealand student radio and beyond in 2014. “All hail the arrival of another odd-pop export from New Zealand,” waxed Spin magazine.

Since then, Doprah have released a number of cinematic music videos (including the J-pop inspired YouTube comment hotbed 'Stranger People'), sold out venues across their homeland, dipped their toes in Australian waters and journeyed to the other side of the world to play New York's CMJ Festival. The group have built a reputation as an entrancing six-piece live unit, every member utilized to achieve sonic detail, layering and depth worthy of their recordings. The effect is altogether dreamy, intense and immersive.

The new record sees the now six-piece band’s ethereal, trip-pop sound reach a new level of fidelity and cohesion, with credit due to the band’s principal producer Steven Marr. Liquid synthesizers and cavernous programmed beats are fused with traditional live instruments to create a trendless sound, uniquely Doprah. Floating among the instrumentation is Indira Force – a musician able to transmit emotion like few vocalists can, sometimes forgoing lyrics altogether in the Björk/Elizabeth Fraser vein of vocal envelope-pushing. Finishing tweaks were applied by esteemed mastering engineer Jamal Ruhe (Swans, Built to Spill).

No great album is complete without an equally great sleeve and the imagery for Wasting (conjured up by rising Wellington-based artist Ryan Achten) is suitably lysergic. Digital collage and three-dimensional modelling processes were used to visualize his personal take on the record's thematic and aural concepts.

Doprah’s LP Wasting is a visionary debut - a powerful statement of intent crafted by an unusually talented young band on a tiny island at the bottom of the world.

Wasting will be released digitally and on vinyl in February 19th 2016 in New Zealand. Tour dates and international release dates are to be announced soon.


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