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Atmospheric inspirations: 5 pieces that informed the sullen sound of Lucid Dreams

Five brooding, atmospheric tracks that inspired the new record from Lucid Dreams, aka Overlook.

As Overlook, Bournemouth boy Jason Luxton has been releasing a steady stream of drum & bass and techno through labels including Osiris Music, Repertoire and UVB-76. He is now back with a new moniker and new material, as Lucid Dreams.

Under this name he’s about to release a fresh, self titled six tracker, through UVB-76 sub label, The Stone Tapes. While the EP smoothly genre hops between drum & bass, drone, trip hop and industrial, there is a strong overarching atmosphere to the record. One that is uncomfortable, ominous, queasy but always intriguing. He is helped along the way through collaborations with friends Dean Warburton, Joe Theobald and Manuela Marchis.

With these themes in mind, ahead of the release, he’s given us five key pieces that sum up the kind of brooding, atmospheric explorations that are echoed throughout his new work.

1. Cocteau Twins – ‘Musette And Drums’ (4AD, 1983)

Early pioneers of the ‘Shoegaze’ genre. ‘Musette’ is completely washed in reverb & distortion as-is a trademark of this band. A beautiful song that’s full of emotion, detail and complimented by the haunting vocals of Elisabeth Fraser.

2. Goblin – ‘Profondo Rosso’ (Deep Red OST, 1975)

Most famous for their work with director Dario Argento in the ‘Giallo’ sub-genre of Horror films, I don’t always love everything about their music but when it works it’s like nothing else.

3. Angelo Badalamenti & David Lynch – ‘The Pink Room’ (Warner Bros, 1992)

Both of these artists are all about capturing mood and atmosphere first and foremost, which I say is a great lesson to take for any musician. This is Hypnotic, mysterious and cinematic.

4. Daphne Oram – ‘Pulse Persephone’ (1965, BBC Radiophonic Workshop)

Check the work Of Daphne Oram, Delia Derbyshire and others at the BBC Radiophonic workshop. It’s an essential history lesson for people curious of the UK’s roots in electronic music.

5. Portishead – ‘Cowboys’ (Go!, 1997)

Otherwordly vocals and smoked-out beats, this is an absolute classic. Film noir on wax.. It’s hard not to take inspiration from it.

Lucid Dreams is out 8th November via The Stone Tapes

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