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
. If anything, 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 Darker’s.
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