Album Review Daniel Avery - Ultra Truth

A radiant voyage for Daniel Avery, and for everyone who dares join him for the experience.

Daniel Avery - Ultra Truth

If 2021’s ‘Together In Static’ came into existence to represent the joys of reunion, then ‘Ultra Truth’ is is Daniel Avery’s divine, well measured follow-up that builds on the groundwork of its predecessor; proudly announcing that collaboration and community is king. With contributing voices from HAAi, Kelly Lee Owens, James Massiah and more, ‘Ultra Truth’ serves as a pivot in Daniel’s previously second wave techno-weighted discography. From the quiet reflection of piano-led opener ‘New Faith’ to the unbroken breakbeat intensity of ‘Devotion’, the record presents as a contiguous listen, paced with the acuity of a seasoned horologist. Minimalistic sequences unhurriedly make way for hushed feedback, heavenly atmosphere and stoic drum machine patterns throughout, grounded by Daniel’s firm production. ‘Lone Swordsman’ moonlights as an ode to the late acid house pioneer Andrew Weatherall, showcasing empyrean, sustained synths in the form of a layered eulogy. Elsewhere there is a sparse yet poised use of vocals on ‘Only’, burrowed beneath tectonic layers of loose, blown-out drumming while ‘Higher’ makes its claim for dancefloor fame as it deals out a pummelling, incessant EDM sequence with the mastery Daniel has become associated with. A truly seminal record, ‘Ultra Truth’ is a radiant voyage for Daniel Avery, and for everyone who dares join him for the experience.

 

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