Today’s post is dedicated to the synthesizer genius that is Dandi Wind.
Dandi Wind is a musical collaboration between Dandilion Wind Opaine and Szam Findley, who were later joined by some drummer guy from Montreal called Evan Pierce. They’ve released two albums to date, Concrete Igloo in 2005, and my personal favorite, Yolk of the Golden Egg in 2008, and are apparently in the process of recording their third album, while also working on their funky disco side project, Fan Death (also recommended).
I found this band about a year ago thanks to a friend who is heavily into today’s dark industrial scene, and I am quite glad I did. I’ve been stuck on Yolk of the Golden Egg for months now, and the obsession shows no signs of subsiding yet. I can’t really describe what they sound like – they’re much more complex than your average bloghouse electronica band (á-la Metronomy or Cut Copy), much less intense than industrial bands like Combichrist (which… ew, seriously), but with a certain creepy uniqueness that I haven’t found anywhere as of yet. The end result is fun, danceable electronic music with punk undertones (reminiscent of Atari Teenage Riot or maybe Kap Bambino) and a touch of avant-garde quirkiness. Electroclash, you can say. Pretty fucking weird music that only a select few can digest. Dandi is also a fucking weird person, which makes everything much much cooler.
I’ve got my kicks with Yolk of the Golden Egg more than once, usually in the wee hours of the night, while the world is sleeping… in the dark. It’s really awesome to listen to the album in its entirety in the dark at night. Ahhh, I love Dandi Wind, I love them with the fury of a thousand rabid monkeys.