Darker My Love's
sophomore full-length album, 2, was released in 2008. Like its predecessor, the band’s 2006
self-titled debut, the album was filled with sizzling, teetering guitar
atmospherics, clouding the vocals in their wake. The sounds garnered
comparisons to a procession of Psychedelic and Shoegaze titans associated with
decades past, including Pink Floyd, My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus and Mary
Chain as well as The Rolling Stones’ trippy 1967 Their Satanic Majesties Request. There's validity to the “retro”
depiction: 2 is rich and beautiful
but not groundbreaking enough to completely forgo a debt to its ancestors.
This summer’s Alive As You Are doesn't sound any more contemporary.
the third album sends their aesthetic another decade back, evoking Psych-shaded
1960s and ’70s Folk. It's not like there weren't warnings — 2’s closing track, “Immediate
Undertaking,” significantly reins in the band's pace — but championing this new
vision is a striking move. It's indicative of Darker's unwillingness to be
affected by claims that they pander to nostalgia; if anything, this move will
only exacerbate the issue.
Then again, Darker My Love's foundation
is one built on forceful stylistic shifts. Both guitarist/vocalist Tim Presley
and former drummer Andy Granelli spent time in The Nerve Agents, a
confrontational Hardcore Punk outfit whose sonic angle was worlds removed from
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