Coming up in the late-2000s noise scene of Montreal, electronic producer Airick Woodhead began his solo project Doldrums in 2010.
Melding different aspects of electronic sequencing and noisy sample-based sounds with hypnotic pop structures, Doldrums quickly emerged in a series of random tracks, 7" singles, remixes, and even a VHS collection of videos. In 2011 Portishead was so moved by Doldrums' cover version of their song "Chase the Tear" that they included his version as the B-side of a single release of their original version. His growing profile resulted in the release of a debut EP, Empire Sound, that same year, followed by the Egypt 12" in 2012. Through this time, Doldrums was touring extensively in a three-person stage version of the band, playing shows with contemporaries like Grimes and Purity Ring. A debut full-length, Lesser Evil, materialized in early 2013, gathering together the best of Doldrums' scattershot sounds into the project's most cohesive expression yet. ~ Fred Thomas, Rovi