Dralms, led by songwriter Christopher Smith, digitally released their debut 7″ single, “Crushed Pleats”, today on Fat Possum in the U.S. (Boompa Canada/Full Time Hobby UK) . The physical 7″ will arrive in the U.S. on September 16(September 22 in Canada & UK). Stream the B-side, title-track, “Crushed Pleats”. Dralms is the soundtrack of the quiet hours of a hot summer night, Smith’s soft, sultry vocals intertwining thick and heavy bass and synth lines. Half sweaty, underground club, half dream-like euphoria – Dralms debut single is the afterglow of an epic night on the town.
Dralms is the latest project by Christopher Smith, featuring long time collaborators Shaunn Thomas Watt (Siskiyou), Will Kendrick (Failing) and Peter Carruthers (Siskiyou). With Dralms, Smith departs from his minimal and subdued musical constructions of his solo albums to a much more complex, heavier sound. Still led by the cloud-soft vocals of Smith the group veer-off into cyclical dub rhythms on “Divisions Of Labour”, while the spacey “Crushed Pleats” mixes OK Computer-era Radiohead, rising post-rock arrangements and glitched-out electronic tones. Also contributing to the sonic heft of Dralms is producer and electronic artist Andy Dixon (Secret Mommy, Caving), with whom Smith had previously trusted with a remix of Earning Keep‘s “Pillars and Pyre.” the extra clicks, echo and ambiance layered onto the songs by the producer came late in the game, after being recorded by John Raham of Vancouver’s Afterlife Studios, where the band is currently working on their debut full-length.