Having already released Hive Mind, one of the year’s best albums, you’d think Daniel Martin-McCormick might be content to rest on his laurels a bit and just ride out the rest of the year on the goodwill generated by that record, but the dance music innovator, who records under the name Ital, can’t seem to take a break. On November 13 Ital will release his second full-length of the year, Dream On, via Planet Mu, and thanks to the nice people over at Dazed Digital you can now stream the album in its entirety.
The new album finds Ital once again experimenting with trance, house and disco song structures, while at the same time infusing them with disparate elements of punk, noise and krautrock, making each track a simultaneously unnerving and playful experience. While the new album lacks the type of pure pop catharsis provided by Hive Mind tracks like “Doesn’t Matter (If You Love Him),” it has a distinct menacing energy to it that makes it a perfect companion to debut. Needless to say, there’s a lot to unpack here. Check it out, below.
In a great interview that goes along with the album stream, Martin-McCormick discusses improvisation, how his live show influenced the creation of Dream On and the influence of David Cronenberg on his work. The Cronenberg element particularly makes sense given the body horror aspects of Ital’s occasionally frightening and uncomfortable take on dance music.
Watch the video for the Dream On track “Boi,” below.