Musician and producer Andrew Dobson has been recording and performing his particular take on classically-influenced electronica as Digitonal since the late nineties. Part of the late phase of UK melodic electronica, Digitonal came to prominence on the seminal Toytronic Records label with a track on their Neurokinetic compilation (recently featured in the recent FACT magazine top 100 IDM records) and a debut album, 23: Things Fall Apart, on that label shortly afterwards.
EPs, singles and remixes followed on various underground electronica labels, most notably Cactus Island and B12, before the band signed to Just Music who released the beautifully crafted Save Your Light for Darker Days in 2008, followed by a fascinating retrospective compilation Be Still My Bleeping Heart in 2012.
Alongside frequent collaborators, most notably Egyptian violinist Samy Bishai, harpist Kat Arney and singer Kirsty Hawkshaw, Digitonal have toured extensively and have been in demand as a live act, known for their improvised sets of great range and beauty, with the band’s musicianship taking centre stage alongside the laptop button pushing.
Digitonal’s sound was forged in the chill out rooms of London’s 90s clubbing scene, where Steve Reich would sit alongside Boards of Canada inspiring Dobson to draw parallels between his background immersion in early music and choral harmony and the Warp Records led artificial intelligence era of British electronic music.
Digitonal’s third studio album, Beautiful Broken, was released by Just Music in May 2015:
“Cinematic in scope and undeniably beautiful in execution, this is just perfect.”
“Persuasively melodic, ‘Eighteen’ has all the detail you would expect from a true perfectionist.”
“Impresses for the quality of its craft”
“Tender and delicate and just plumb lovely“
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