The Baroque at the end of the tunnel

Dark Dark Dark – Wild Go

TOTOOOING! That’s the sound of discovering a new band to obsess about, even if it’s more than half a year after the release date. Dark Dark Dark‘s sophomore album, Wild Go is like a very atmospheric Gothic novel, a great contrast to the summer season (although the monsoon-like rains here in England are keeping it real, zounds!).

No warning, no fade in, a dissonant accordion and a chorus of voices kicks you out of bed. The apocalyptic and catchy ‘In your dreams’ is an excellent attention grabber, setting the mood as a very desolate landscape, with a few glimmers of hope seeping through the clouds. ‘Daydreaming’, well, the name says it, it’s like a dream, but not a particularly nice one. There’s this very creepy feedback somewhere in the track that made me jump the first time I heard the album (I was trying to relax in my bed).

Now, you’ll get everyone and their aunts raving about Nona Marie Invie‘s voice. Since I’m an unoriginal hack, I’ll jump in the bandwagon and throw some praise. Because it deserves it. It sounds dreamy, but at the same time, full of sorrow, like a Bánánach roaming the bloody fields of a horrible battle that ended as a pyrrhic victory.

I think ‘Celebrate’ really allows her voice to shine, with the intro being only her angelic voice and a wistful accordion. Possibly only surpassed by ‘Robert’, another awesome vocal delivery with an equally powerful piano, a strategy repeated in ‘Wild go’, the emotional ending to this great album, a perfect bookend for this experience.

But Marshall Lacount‘s voice is pretty good too. His voice sets the colours of ‘Heavy heart’ spot on. The trembling piano and the intertwined voices make it ghostly, the vision of a night terror that removes any hope of a peaceful rest (that distorted guitar out of nowhere – brrr). He’s also pretty nifty in ‘Right path’, with the constant snare juxtaposed with that ghostly voice in the back. There’s something about this track that feels so well constructed; even if it’s not a shoegaze song, you do feel enveloped by it, even overwhelmed. It’s a tug of war between happiness and longing and I for one like this contrast.

And when it comes down to a simple few lines about Wild go, it’s all about the contrasts. Like a chiaroscuro masterpiece, the lightness perceived by the musical composition contrasts wonderfully with the thoughtful, dark vocals that are gloomy without being overtly depressing. It’s a wonderful thick album, filled with atmospheres that come from an almost minimal sound that feels just right.  Lose yourself into the music of this sextet from Minneapolis. Their sounds are like a church altar full of shiny ornaments and ornate décor, with their vocals shining and warming you all over, like a moment of sun in stormy day.

Words: Sam

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Extra bit: Another one for the list of bands to see before dying.

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