The long awaited debut from Los Angeles' Darker My Love has arrived, and so has the band. On their self-titled debut album, they kick their sound over the top repeatedly in a very grandiose fashion. Few bands seem to capture the magic of a live performance on a recording, but these guys seem to have done it. Each track on the album oozes life and energy... it's like being at the show.
This band is hard to pin down. They have a few constant elements in their sound — drone, reverb, and feedback — but out of nowhere they'll take their sound out on a complete tangent of adrenalin and exhiliration. There's a sense of unpredictability that the wildness of their songs will catch you offgaurd, and take you on a turn you never anticipated. Other times they'll slow things down completely, a restive and contemplative moment before taking off again. Rollercoaster! that's the perfect adjective here — up and down and up and down again.
Radiating out of the Los Angeles scene, the band has been playing alongside bands like The Warlocks and the Kills. This album is influenced by that sound, and bands like The Velvet Underground and Brian Jonestown Massacre; taking that sound as a starting point and making it their own.
The opening track, aptly titled Opening, starts off the ride with a pop infused droning of medium tempo, setting the stage without actually going over the top. It's a steady preamble to what's about to come.
Then we crossfade into the next song, What's A Man's Paris, which wastes no time driving up the tempo and energy. There's feedback squalls and a one two rythym, hopping along before the mid-song breakdown. It meanders to the side before coming back in to the fold with a guitar solo and a return to the main verse.
Darker My Love meld a love for 60's psych pop with sounds like those of the Jesus And Mary Chain. The music explodes in fuzz and energy, always leaving you hanging for more.