Manchester quartet Douga have shared a video for ‘Footprints’ from their sophomore album ‘Hidden Tapes & The Golden Tide’ which was recently released on Do Make Merge records.  The follow up to their acclaimed debut album ‘The Silent Well’, ‘Hidden Tapes & The Golden Tide’ documents the bands further exploration of sounds and styles to fuse with their wide eyed psychedelia and driving Americana. A sentiment taken to heart with the video for ‘Footprints’ shot and edited by frontman Johnny Winbolt-Lewis on his travels across America. Watch here:  

Hidden Tapes and the Golden Tide is an album that reflects our troubled times. It is a record that channels opposites – the conscious and the subconscious, the concrete and the abstract, despair and hope. In a world that seems increasingly conflicted and chaotic, it is a reminder that for every moment of darkness, there is light. 

It is perhaps unsurprising that psychology underpins the record. Uniquely, the album was recorded at a community home for people with mental health issues called Seed Studios, where lead singer Johnny Winbolt Lewis volunteers. He is also training to be a counsellor and psychotherapist, and uses his experience to explore the interplay between the conscious and the subconscious mind throughout the record.

The record builds on the band’s love of melody, Americana and psychedelia which they melded with ease on their debut. And with the addition of two new band members, they’ve both expanded their sound and made it more accessible.

Douga will headline The Castle in Manchester this Friday 23rd February – Tickets are available here

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