A Bright Cold Day
Released On: Jun 08, 2010
Released By: Dusty Pockets/Enemy Soil
Nearly three years in the making, the notoriously meticulous Stoupe is set to introduce his new side project: Dutch and its debut album, A Bright Cold Day. The album features ten hand-crafted tracks which have conjured comparisons to the dark trip-hop aesthetics of Portishead, the soul-piercing melodies of Cat Power, and the wrenching sadness of Aimee Mann. Musically the soundscape isn't really a vast departure for fans of Stoupe's previous work with Jedi Mind Tricks. Listeners will still find some of the same eerie, battle-ready tracks that the Enemy of Mankind is known for. But there also some surprises on the record that, while staying in character with Stoupe's encyclopedic knowledge of music and orchestration, step outside some of the preconceived ideas people may have about the man who has fueled Jedi Mind Tricks' mayhem for so many years. Dutch's first single, "Just Before The Rain," captures the "new vintage" soul inspired by Stoupe's appreciation of the classic Stax Records sound alongside Liz Fullerton's somber reflections on lost love. It is a track that encapsulates the vision that began with Stoupe and manifested itself in Liz's voice. Together the two combine to make a beautifully sad brand of sound.