Release Date: Oct 5, 2010
Record label: Supply and Demand
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Back on 2008’s debut LP The Snow Magic, Dark Dark Dark’s Nona Marie Invie and Marshall LaCount sounded like the lairiest of vaudevillian characters, gathering up a gaggle of provincial travellers to join them on a journey to New Orleans before prancing, pouting and skipping their home to native Minneapolis streets, wide-eyed, rambunctious and with little more than a banjo and accordion to hand. A couple of years in the Mill City though, and it would appear that time spent back amidst its imposing skyscrapers and unforgiving concrete ground have mellowed those bohemian souls. Wild Go furthers what intervening EP Bright Bright Bright hinted at, a more expansive, considered body that sees the group look both within themselves and out beyond the city, towards the fantastical.
That's frontwoman Nona Marie Invie naked on the cover of Dark Dark Dark's second full-length, Wild Go, her back to the camera and her face turned toward the viewer with a subtle scowl. Simultaneously defensive and defiant, she seems to rebuke you for seeing her in this state of undress, hips and tattoos exposed. We get other band members' asses, too, but Invie's is front and center, which is only appropriate: The band's songs are cleverly arranged and expressively performed, but Invie's vocals remain the focal point.
History is littered with solipsistic, bourgeois, theatrical bohemians who can afford to diarise every tedious thought they have. Add D3 to that slagheap. Effortlessly middle of class, brow and road, they churn out student revue cabaret with deodorised Americana trappings and pretensions to Eastern European folk.Wheedling vocalist Nona Marie Invie’s MO is to sing a line of blistering inanity and then to repeat it until it becomes an affront to your intelligence.
Chamber-folk outfit explores a soundworld that’s entirely theirs on album number two. Mike Diver 2011 This second album from Minneapolis chamber-folk outfit Dark Dark Dark has taken its time to cross the Atlantic, having emerged stateside to warm approval back in October 2010. But the wait has certainly been worth it. Picked up in the UK by Manchester-based indie Melodic, whose roster features the fine likes of Working for a Nuclear Free City and The Longcut, this is a collection that clicks with immediate clarity, the sort of album that you feel you’ve known forever on the very first listen.