Demdike Stare

UK / Modern Love

Demdike Stare is a collaboration between Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker, two childhood friends from the North of England with voracious appetites for record collecting.

After years spent mining vinyl bins for source material, the pair started collaborating in earnest back in 2008, re-appropriating sounds they had spent a lifetime cataloguing into weird and immersive music of their own. The project went on to produce a string of albums: Symbiosis, Triptych and Elemental that were largely guided by the occult and the strange symbolism their surroundings in Pendle provided, but as a number of intriguing DDS mixtapes released over the last couple of years indicated, the project was starting to head in unexpected directions.

In 2013 the first in an ongoing series of exploratory 12″s brought together under the ‘Testpressing‘ banner appeared on Modern Love, finding Demdike heading into much more intense, brutal terrain. Since then Demdike Stare have refused to rest on their laurels, engaging in a number of multidisciplinary projects (scoring films and the ‘Concealed’ productions with video artist Michael England and Krakow’s Sinfonietta Cracovia), and finally recording in 2017 an album that keeps up the beat-oriented experiments of Testpressing: Wonderland, released in 2017 by Modern Love, reelaborates on various sounds to create music for hunted dancehalls.