As n1ghtmar3cat, Dave Johnston (Villainy) delivers an immersive self-titled album, highlighting the many distinct yet impeccably integrated facets of his production, composition and songwriting arsenal.
The captivating debut draws listeners in through a textural, bass-driven sonic experience – which at times takes centre stage, while at others perfectly undercurrents Johnston’s sleek, hook-laden vocals.
“I wanted the production style to weave in with the lyrical themes”, says Johnston. “For example, the track Weak Man deals with feelings of uncertainty and anxiety within a relationship, and the unsettling instrumental breaks aim to draw you into that headspace.”
With influences ranging from Jon Hopkins to Flume, Purity Ring, Moderat and Alison Wonderland, n1ghtmar3cat is a distorted, character-rich album. Straddling an impressive territory between production and pop songwriting, it will prove essential listening for those partial to a solid chorus, while testing the limits of every sound system.