Randall Dunn, the musician, producer, and engineer renowned for his work with Sunn0))), Tim Hecker, Six Organs of Admittance, and many more, has announced his first solo effort. Beloved, was released on vinyl and digital via figureight on November 9 2018. Following a turbulent period of change and loss the esteemed producer channeled his energies into a seven song meditation on “anxiety, paranoia, different shades of love, different realizations of mortality, how it can make you feel the stages of your life more deeply.”
With Beloved Dunn shifts his knack for emphasizing the human component of music toward mining emotional resonance from the subtle details and textures generated from early digital and analog synthesizers. “I wanted to make something more like prose or a Gerhard Richter painting with sound,” Dunn says of the album. “Being someone that composes with sound, I wanted to find a voice in it that felt personal, that felt human, especially with electronics, something that didn’t feel too mechanical.”
"An expansive, beatless cut, it centres around brooding, colourful drone-like synths."
"Those who deign to listen to only one ‘modern classical’ or mostly-electronic work this year need to hear Beloved by Randall Dunn. It is too profound and beautiful to ignore."
Everything Is Noise
"... deeply felt drones and electronic sputters that lick like flames at the music's edges."
"In all, Beloved is nothing we'd have expected from Randall Dunn's debut, but everything we hoped it would be."
"’Beloved’ truly renders the full, magnificent scope of Dunn’s 3rd eye."
"Randall Dunn sticks close to the album’s alien topography concept and it works exceedingly well, begging for repeat listens. This is one of the best records of 2018 in the genre, however you choose to break it down."