Dot Allison Releases New Album 'Consciousology'
Air-Edel artist Dot Allison releases her new solo album ‘Consciousology’, with Sonic Cathedral, today, 28th July.
After over a decade away, the former One Dove singer and songwriter broke cover in 2021 with ‘Heart-Shaped Scars’ and this new album follows just two years later, as she hits a purple patch of songwriting. It’s also her first full release for Sonic Cathedral after contributing to Mark Peters’ acclaimed ‘Red Sunset Dreams’ last year.
‘Consciousology’ finds multi-instrumentalist Dot joined by the London Contemporary Orchestra, her new labelmate Andy Bell from Ride, who plays guitar on two tracks, and Hannah Peel, who is responsible for some of the string arrangements with both the LCO and a stellar group of Scottish string players. It expands on the styles and themes of the previous album, all while pushing everything just that little bit further – the songs sound bigger, more avant-garde and experimental and, occasionally, properly out-there and psychedelic.
“I wanted to make some albums that felt like a set, exploring love, what lies beyond the visible and how all these aspects dovetail together,” explains Dot. “I see Consciousology as a more psych Heart-Shaped Scars with a fuller, more immersive sound and so, in that sense, it’s a more wayward, bolder, rule-breaking partner.”
Right from the eye-catching artwork by PJ Harvey collaborator Maria Mochnacz it definitely does not play it safe. It veers from the techno-played-as- folk of opener ‘Shyness Of Crowns’ and ‘220Hz’ and the Linda Perhacs-meets- The Velvet Underground chug of the first single ‘Unchanged’ to the Mercury Rev-style fantasia of ‘Bleached By The Sun’, the Brian Wilson-esque harmonies of ‘Moon Flowers’ and the kaleidoscopic colour trip of ‘Double Rainbow’. Elsewhere there are echoes of Desertshore-era Nico, Jack Nitzsche’s work with Neil Young, Karen Dalton and Anne Briggs before the relative simplicity of the Tim Hardin-inspired closer ‘Weeping Roses’. It’s a brilliant, breathtaking record.