K.D.A.P. - Dooms Dive (Arts & Crafts): K.D.A.P. - AKA Kevin Drew A Picture is the solo instrumental electronic project of Kevin Drew, best known as the co-founder/frontman of noted indie rock collective Broken Social Scene.
His new album in this guise, Influences, was released on Friday (July 16), and a video for this track came out simultaneously. Dooms Dive has a trippy feel, underscored by insistent bass and keyboards-driven beats. The influences referenced in the album title here likely include Tortoise and Tangerine Dream.
In a label press release, the ever-philosophical Drew describes Dooms Dive this way: “The battle between words and action has lived as long as the single opinion has been next to a microphone. Hope became a marketing tool that let us become lazy in our teachings of how to live. This created the mighty “doom” campaign we have been living with. Recently, truth has been making a massive comeback. Funded by truth for truth…truth is slowly defeating the doom that seems to sell us a lifestyle of denial. Without transparency, we have no way of moving forward. Truth has to win this time.”
Drew further explains that Influences "is a slide show of intimate joyful moments playing out against a backdrop of a world on fire. It’s a dance record for the mind while the clubs are all closed, a rush-hour commute soundtrack for people stuck working from home. It’s a celebration of survival and an elegy for lost friends. It’s a reminder that excitement and anxiety often elicit the same heart-pounding sensation. And it’s the sound of someone who once forgot it in people remembering it in himself. I didn't have anything to say on this record, but I had so much to feel.”
The album was created during Drew's pandemic sojourn in England, with musical ideas captured on the smartphone production software Endless during long nature walks. By the time he returned to Toronto following his UK retreat, he had accumulated nearly 45 song sketches.
Publicity: Ken Beattie, Killbeat