Originally from South London, Dignan Porch have been sharing their music with the world for over a decade now. What originally began as the bedroom-pop project of Joe Walsh, has subsequently expanded into a fully-fledged band, with something of a cult following courtesy of releases through the likes of Faux Discx and Captured Tracks, which are scattered amongst a series of distinctly DIY cassettes and limited edition singles. With Joe currently locked down in Manchester, he has decided to mark 2021 with a new single every month, all recorded, mixed and cut to video at home. This month’s offering, Hidden Levels, will be released across all platforms on March 30th, and today I’m premiering the accompanying video.
While it might be a home-recording, if anyone was expecting that to dim Dignan Porch’s ambition, they’d be entirely mistaken. Hidden Levels feels like falling down a particularly psychedelic worm-hole, as for considerably less than two minutes, the steady pound of a snare-drum is coated in an intoxicating blur of wavering synth melodies and the rhythmic strut of the acoustic guitar. It’s a track that would fit in neatly alongside the Upset The Rhythm label’s output, recalling acts like Lithics or Vital Idles.
The band have plans to stitch these tracks into a physical form later in the year, and while it may be born out of necessity rather than desire, this already feels like an intriguing project for Dignan Porch. Perhaps within the inevitable limitations of the current world, they’ve found fresh inspiration, an enforced re-evaluation that finds a band ten years into the game sounding every bit as exciting as they ever have.
Hidden Levels is out March 30th. Click HERE for more information on Dignan Porch.