The music of Daniel O’Sullivan plays like a haunted jukebox.
A multi-dimensional artist that successfully soundtracks our profoundly confusing 21st century
O’Sullivan’s dreampop mantras casually open up portals into other dimensions
Daniel O’Sullivan (b.1980) is a composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist living and working in South West London and has been contributing a vibrant, chameleonic brew to the experimental music landscape since the late 1990’s. He has achieved international acclaim writing, recording and performing with a myriad of groups including Grumbling Fur (with longtime friend and collaborator Alexander Tucker), Ulver, Mothlite, Sunn O))), Guapo, Miasma & the Carousel of Headless Horses, Miracle (with Steve Moore from Pittsburgh based progressive synth duo Zombi), Æthenor (featuring Stephen O’Malley, Kristoffer Rygg and Steve Noble) and This Is Not This Heat. He has composed several sound works for film and installation and has recently composed two archival collections for the legendary KPM imprint.
DOS collages a wide range of musical disciplines and has collaborated with a number of artists including several live performances and recordings with ‘continuous music’ pioneer Charlemagne Palestine and large scale surround sound/AV installations with Turner prize-nominee Mark Titchner. As well as playing and recording several albums with Norwegian experimental metal group Ulver and occasionally donning the robe with Sunn O))), O’Sullivan has been at the core of the wildly successful reincarnation of This Heat as a live entity.
Whether solo or in his varied collaborative projects, O’Sullivan’s work is remarkable in the way it infuses familiar everyday experience with traces of the uncanny, the secret and the magickal. His 2017 solo album VELD distils these tangled realities into a rich and complex soundworld— strikingly dense and allusive, alive with enticing sonic diversions, hypnotic mantras and ornately arranged songcraft. While grounded in pop form — which O’Sullivan describes as the ideal vessel for channelling celestial energies — its dreamlike soundworld draws inspiration from across both natural and human landscapes. Its influences range from Ray Bradbury (whose story ‘The Veldt’ inspired the album’s title) and D.H Lawrence to Jorge Luis Borges and Leonora Carrington; the Nordic Fjords and Amazonian jungle to Tottenham Cemetery and Streatham Common; Van Dyke Parks and Judee Sill to Coil and Cocteau Twins.
DOS is currently finishing his second solo LP, recorded and mixed by Thighpaulsandra (Coil, Spiritualized) in Carmarthenshire, Wales. this collection of eleven songs was inspired by the birth of his son Ari and the passing of his friend Ian Johnstone, dieting with teacher plants under the supervision of shipibo shamans in the Peruvian Amazon and the migration from Tower Gardens to his Dream Lion studio residence in Nunhead. He is also composing music for Brussels based orchestral group Echo Collective who have previously worked with Johann Johannsson, Erasure and Stars Of The Lid.
Releases by Daniel O’Sullivan
OGEN054 VELD (2LP/CD/DL)
- The Pendulum
- Scorpio Rising Blues
- The Swimmer
- The Many Are We
- Doe a Deer
- HC SVNT DRACONES
- Luminous Fibres
- Sabotage Devices
- Be Honour You
- The Projector
- Plants I-VII