"Exceptional" - Rolling Stone
“A most ambitious, rewarding and soulful debut” - MOJO ****
“Dizzying avant-pop debut” - Uncut (8/10)
“Thrillingly fresh” - Q
“A new kind of blues” - The Guardian
“An inspired take on pop” - DIY
“A one-man band of clattering punk lo-fi, blues melodies and dust-soaked rhythms.” - i-D
"Give Utopia Defeated time, and the alien logic that binds this outstanding record begins to unfurl and initial skepticism turns to sheer awe" - The Skinny ***** (Album of the Month)
"Beautifully pure and ethereal” - Louder Than War (8/10)
"Utopia Defeated is a storm-cloud with the sun behind it; but with the promise of light” - London In Stereo
Today sees the worldwide release of D.D Dumbo's stunning debut album Utopia Defeated.
Celebrated by Rough Trade as their Album of the Month, the record is an epic, sprawling opus that sprung from the imagination of Castlemaine’s Oliver Hugh Perry and was written and performed almost entirely by him. Recorded at 4AD’s London Studios, and recorded, engineered and produced by Perry and 4AD’s resident engineer Fabian Prynn, the 10 track album hurdles effortlessly over the expectations set by his intriguing debut EP Tropical Oceans.
The first single released from Utopia Defeated was 'Satan', with the accompanying visual created by Jim Elson. You can watch the video here, or in the player below.