Dallas Acid is a synth-heavy dreampop trio from Austin, Texas and the first new signing to All Saints Records in a number of years. Following previous releases on Flying Moonlight and Olde English Spelling Bee, they join a roster that includes Brian Eno, Harold Budd and Laraaji (who the band previously collaborated with on 2018’s Arrive Without Leaving album).
All Saints Records founder Dominic Norman-Taylor comments: “Dallas Acid's unique mix of minimalist electronic music with a big ballad sensibility creates gorgeous, utterly compelling immersive soundworlds. All Saints Records is delighted to release their album The Spiral Arm. Dallas Acid is our first new signing for several years. It’s been worth the wait”.
Dallas Acid: “We are honoured and humbled to be a part of the incredible All Saints family, and share label space with so many legendary, talented pioneers whose explorations into the ambient, electronic and avant-garde helped to influence and guide us to the creation of The Spiral Arm.”
The sky-gazing wonder of Linda Beecroft’s vocals on the title track recall the breathy intimacy of Mazzy Star, yet draped with almost symphonic banks of synthesizers blinking into infinity, expertly operated by Christian Havins and Michael Gerner, redolent of the deepest end of classic kosmische music. Other tracks such as the instrumental “Circuit Jungle” touch upon the ‘Fourth World’ experiments of Jon Hassell with a mixture of moog abstractions and FX-drenched acoustic percussion. At other points they touch upon the rain-drenched soundtracks of Vangelis and other more mysterious, electronic arthouse film scores.
Dallas Acid's inspiration stems from 1970s German and French electronic music, early minimalism and ambient music. Since 2015 they've been performing live in planetariums, galleries, theaters, churches, and many other unconventional spaces. After playing the traveling culinary experience/projection cube Monkeytown, they collaborated with Paz Lenchantin of the Pixies to create an original new score for F. W. Murnau's Nosferatu, which they performed live in 2016 at the Blue Starlite Drive-In Theater on Halloween.
In the spring of 2018 Dallas Acid was featured at HBO's Westworld interactive SXSW experience, followed by an east coast tour with Dead Meadow and performances with legendary ambient/new-age musician LARAAJI. An impromptu collaborative recording session with LARAAJI and long-time partner Arji OceAnanda gave birth to a new LP: Arrive Without Leaving, available now on Flying Moonlight Records. Their critically-acclaimed LPs Original Soundtrack (2016) and Spa Hunter (2017) are also available at flyingmoonlight.com.