Dead Melodies is the dark ambient meets ambient post-rock project of UK based Tom Moore. His sound is a densely textured blend of atmospheric guitars, detailed electronics and programmed field recordings.
Obsessed with fusion, cinematic storytelling and artistic experimentation, Moore creates his sonic narratives using a wide range of techniques. Using reverb laden guitar drones, electro-acoustic microphone experiments and self made synth patches, all intertwined with whatever acoustic instrumentation or found sounds he has to hand. He then carefully produces each element using a range of software applications. This combination all melds into mini dreamlike tales of beauty and noise, but with the nagging suggestion something dark lurks within.
Even though having experimented musically with hardware sequencing, DJing and guitars since the mid 90s Moore’s diverse catalogue ultimately began in 2006 with the mixed-genre outfit, Indigolab. Over eight years with numerous collaborators on board he produced and released ten albums and EPs making anything from dub to folk to chillout, but nearly always featuring his trademark acoustic guitar. The most notable and best reviewed release of this era was the 2013 ambient dub album, ‘The Last Cartographer of Dreams’. In late 2014 Moore switched focus to develop a more refined sound exploring the ambient world, and thus Dead Melodies began.
Since inception, as Dead Melodies Moore has published three EPs (self released) and four full length albums, including the ethereally ambient, ‘Subtle Imperfections’ and the twisted field recording/drones of, ‘Parallel Existence’ both in 2016 through Sparkwood Records. 2017 then saw his sound spiral further into dark ambient territories with his debut on the respected label, Cryo Chamber; ‘Legends of The Wood’ was a dark trip into the woods through atmospheric soundscapes, carefully selected field recordings and melancholic melodies. A year later in 2018 he returned to Cryo Chamber with the next chapter in the story, ‘The Foundations of Ruin’; an exploration of the ghostly ruins of a once stately manor.
Moore also has several active side projects, including the ambient post-rock/drone band, Understated Theory, the dark blues noir project, Cinereous Mire and he still releases the occasional Indigolab album.