If you missed your opportunity to catch Daedelus during SXSW this year, you’re in luck; the experimental music producer from Santa Monica is returning to Austin this Friday for one memorable night at the North Door.
Like his Greek mythological moniker, Alfred Darlington is an inventor, crafting a groundbreaking genre all his own. With a background in classical training, he recombines old sounds with a modern flare. Don’t be surprised when he breaks out his accordion for a few tracks.
From his signature style of electronic music to his eclectic apparel, Daedelus is not your run-of-the-mill producer, to say the least. He dresses like a dapper Willie Wonka with pronounced muttonchops that blast you back into the Victorian era. His dandy garb is quite opposite to his music that are ahead of its time.
With pioneering music that “crosses more boundaries than kissing cousins,” Daedelus has invented a sound unboxable by even the best of critics. He has two-dozen releases on an assortment of labels and collaborations with musicians, spanning jazz, electronic, hip-hop, and all the noises in between. His music makes you think and more so makes you feel, alternating between high-spirited and downhearted.
And just when you thought you were about to have a sensory overload, out come the visuals. The backdrop onstage is Daedelus’ invention Archimedes, a display of moving mirrors that reacts to and reflects the performance, making each live show unexampled time and time again.
Botany will be opening the show, followed by Applied Pressure’s full live band performance of DJ Shadow’s “Entroducing” record. Locals Butcher Bear and Soundfounder will be spinning records in between sets.
Tickets are still available for $9 online and at the door for $11. Doors open at 9 pm. The North Door is located at 502 Brushy Street. This is an all ages show.