Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Dark Dark Dark - "Love You, Bye"

Nero's Neptune #5

Dark Dark Dark is a four-piece, baroque-gypsy band (originally based out of Minneapolis) who have in recent months called New York City, France, New Orleans, and a raft on the river “home.” They are led by Marshall LaCount on banjo and Nona Marie Invie on accordion, and are backed by Todd Chandler on upright bass and Jonathan Kaiser on cello. All four members sing. Their haunting, dreamy and dark Eastern European-inflected music is informed by influences drawing from the cabaret and folk traditions. The five songs presented here (four originals plus an enchanting “Wayfaring Stranger”) reveal the intimate sound of Dark Dark Dark at home, each with its own take on loss and loneliness. The group draws heavily from, in their own words, the “long tradition of wandering musicians and those who have lived deeply.” Pressed in editions of 32 branded, white leather covers designed by installation artist and sculptor Jay Heikes and 328 printed jackets are derived from photos of those. Artist editions are $100 each. Regular editions are $12 each. Email for shipping details.

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