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Drowned In Sound to Cease Publishing After Nearly 20-Year Run

Martha Wainwright
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Martha Wainwright performs at The Roundhouse in London on Oct. 28, 2008.

After nearly 20 years of publishing album reviews, live reviews, interviews, features and news items, online music publication Drowned In Sound will stop publishing new articles. 

In a Facebook post, UK-based founder and editor Sean Adams said a longer explanation of his decision to shutter DiS would be forthcoming, but clarified that the site's restored and archived forums would remain open, thanks to donations readers can make via the website. Articles that had already been commissioned by the time of his posting would be published on DiS's Medium blog, and that he would continue doling out music recommendations on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. He also said that the blog's weekly recommendations -- which he had been sending to followers through Facebook Messenger -- would be continuing for the time being. He went on to thank DiS editor-in-chief Derek Robertson and reviews editor Andrzej ?ukowski.

"As mentioned elsewhere, with a heavy heart, I have some professional news (or whatever the meme-cliche is for these kindsa posts)," he wrote. "Like At the Drive-In's hiatus (rather than LCD's 'retirement'), Drowned in Sound will not be commissioning new reviews or features for the foreseeable future." 

Adams added, "I'm going to take make a few changes and take some time to get things stable again financially, and then attempt to do some special activity as we enter our 20th year next year."

Drowned In Sound was founded in 2000. The site had a series of partnerships and initiatives over the years, including a podcast called Drowned In Sound Radio launched in 2006, an A/V blog with RCRDLBL.com called "Drownload," and a team-up with Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB. The two entities parted ways in 2008 and the entire DiS staff was laid off, which Adams references while thanking ?ukowski, who was "forced to make everyone redundant 11 years ago, but built a team of eloquent music fanatics." (Most of the writers for DiS were unpaid.)

DiS also had a record label, Drowned In Sound Recordings, which released early offerings from the Kaiser Chiefs, Metric, the Stills, and Martha Wainwright.