Daniel Avery today announces his most ambitious and accomplished studio album to date. Ultra Truth will be released November 4 via Mute and Phantasy Sound in the U.S. and Canada and via Phantasy Sound worldwide. To celebrate the announcement, the producer/composer has shared a new track from the record called “Chaos Energy” which lands alongside a neo-futuristic video created using AI technology by close collaborator Claudia Rafael. Ultra Truth will be released on double clear vinyl, CD, cassette, and digital platforms with each physical format featuring its own dedicated bonus track.
Ultra Truth offers a very different listening experience to any of Avery’s previous records. It inhabits its own world of sound, a construct built in Avery’s Thames-side studio with collaborative help from a host of friends: the production touch of Ghost Culture and Manni Dee as well as the vocals of HAAi, Jonnine Standish (HTRK), AK Paul, Marie Davidson, Kelly Lee Owens, Sherelle, and James Massiah.
“Ultra Truth finds me in a different place to where I’ve been before,” Avery says. “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. 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.”
In creating Ultra Truth, Avery went back to many of the things that had inspired him to first make music as a teenager – pensive, emotive records by Deftones, Portishead, Nick Cave or Mogwai, the exquisite darkness of David Lynch’s movies and – on tracks like “Devotion” and “Higher” – the thunderous energy of leftfield rave music.
Avery elaborates, “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.”
Elsewhere, a counterpoint to Ultra Truth’s juggernaut breakbeats comes in the form of Avery’s elegiac tribute to the late Andrew Weatherall. “Lone Swordsman” feels like it’s been created from the same DNA as some of Weatherall’s most sublime moments.
“Andrew was an enormously important figure in my life,” Avery notes. 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. 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.”
1. New Faith
2. Ultra Truth
3. Wall of Sleep
4. The Slow Bullet
8. Near Perfect
11. Collapsing Sky
12. Lone Swordsman
13. Overflowing With Escape
14. Chaos Energy
15. Heavy Rain
2022 Live Dates
May 27 – Lyon, France – Nuit Sonores
June 9 – Gräfenhainchen, Germany – Melt Festival
June 11 – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound Festival
June 29 – Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival
July 17 – Dour, Belgium – Dour Festival
Pre-order Ultra Truth by Daniel Avery HERE