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DRESS is the multidisciplinary, trans-seasonal label/practice of designer Julie Wilkins. Limited edition, story telling capsule collections of garments, words, images.
 

The ELECTRA WOODS is the electronic music project of DRESS designer Julie Wilkins…songs and videos released to mark the phases of the BLACK collection.

 
 

(i) Black Phase 01 - INTO LIGHT - the previously unseen/unreleased...

double sided/single AMERICANA/remix & MONEY TREE
Video: Dean Brannagan

 
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1. MONEY TREE
2. AMERICANA/REMIX

FORMAT: Digital Single
CAT. NO. DRSD001

INTO LIGHT Double A Singles/Video

MONEY TREE - a crunchy distorted-bass bounce, a whispered and imploring complaint of a song - accompanied by a slapstick noir performance video improvised on the streets of Hackney Wick in East London in collaboration with artist/photographer/video maker Dean Brannagan.

The AMERICANA/REMIX is producer Rob Tolson’s beautiful, elevated, re-imagining of the original AMERICANA - a dark candy electronica meets country track from debut album, A WALK IN, accompanied by a sepia solo dancing-with-myself performance video.

 

 
 
 

(ii) DEEPEST Black Phase single 02 - MOTOR

...an existential karaoke Video for a night-drive electronica ballad...

 

MOTOR/REMIXES Single & Remixes

Released ahead of the DEEP CLEAN EP, lead track MOTOR -
a black song written from a black car in a black phase of life. Accompanied by existentially optimistic karoake text video and remixes from the brilliantly shamanic Snapped Ankles and minimalist electronician Clas Tuuth.

1.     Motor - The Electra Woods
2.     Motor - Clas Tuuth Remix
3.     Motor - Snapped Ankles Remix

 

FORMAT: Digital Single/Remixes
CAT. NO.  DRSD003
 

Snapped Ankles

Clas Tuuth

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(iii) END OF CYCLE RINSE: the DEEP CLEAN  EP

Named after an East London Launderette – 6 semi-water themed songs of (mechanised) cleansing. 

 
 

DEEP CLEAN EP ...I gave up my day job to catch some lightning, here are the songs I wrote...
RAIN video collaboration with the brilliant Aava Anttinen

 
 
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DEEP CLEAN EP

Named after a laundrette in Walthamstow, East London, an EP of six semi-water themed tracks of (mechanised) cleansing - a kind of end of cycle rinse, darkness to light story moving from the dark lyricism of DIY Country & Vangelis of opening track Motor, Larry Heard homage titling of the classically infused Washing Machine and sly cruise ship easy listening of FAO Jazz, through to the final torch song minimalism of Rain.

Tracklist:

1.     Motor
2.     Aqualung

3.     Washing Machine
4.     Violent Homespun
5.     F.A.O. Jazz
6.     Rain

FORMAT: Digital, EP
CAT. NO.  DRSD00

 

(iv) THE RE-ISSUED/RENAMED/BORN AGAIN: A WALK IN...album

Re-released album and remixes EP plus new video for a song of re-birth, SLOW DANCE....

...one night in spring when the rain had done its thing I said yes
Slow Dance, track 01, A WALK IN album
…video collaboration with Aava Anttinen

 
 

...there is no clean way to make a break, human scissors have not been made - Dirty Explanation
Video: Dean Brannagan

 
 

it started like the rain....SYNTHETIC WEEKEND - Genius Data Mosh Video by Sam Smith

 
 
 

SNOW Video by Dean Brannagan

 
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A WALK IN/REMIXES  EP

Remixes from Rothko, Gagarin, More Dog and Rob Tolson amplifying the space, atmosphere and abstract dance elements of the album...

Tracklist:

1.     Dirty Explanation Rothko Remix
2.     Dirty Explanation Gagarin Remix

3.     Twist More Dog Remix
4.     Americana Rob Tolson Remix
5.     Snow Celestial Remix

FORMAT:  DIGITAL, REMIXES EP
CAT. NO.  DRSD005

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A WALK IN Album
Tracklist:

1.     Slow Dance
2.     Americana
3.     Dirty Explanation
4.     Synthetic Weekend
5.     Twist
6.     The Weirdness
7.     (Only) Human
8.     Fantastic
9.     Snow
10.   Angelic

 
Written, recorded and produced in a house at the edge of city and forest, the songs likewise fuse urban with pastoral - natural acoustic elements (harp, guitar, human voice) are sampled and processed alongside beats and synthetic textures. The album is accompanied by a series of videos reflecting the poetic, hallucinogenic journeying using visual codes of monochrome, Technicolor, neon and sepia – and similarly using found, processed digital source material alongside performance to recreate the enhanced super-nature world of the album.

Synthetic Weekend video data-moshes Google Earth into a continental descent through America, with a mid point baptism in the Atlantic; Snow travels the winterland of Europe accompanied by totemic northern hemisphere animals; while Dirty Explanation is a mute mime performance from a paper padded box. The albums re-release is marked by a glitched botanical time lapse journey for Slow Dance.

FORMAT: DIGITAL, ALBUM
CAT. NO. DRSD004