Dark Dark Dark (nice name btw) is a strange band from Minneapolis with a unique sound. For starters, the band utilizes mostly a banjo, piano, strings, accordion, and vocals (yeap, no guitars or drums in most cases). Their music is something between late 1800’s and early 1900’s, mixing Balkan traditional music with gypsy influences and down-tempo old folk songs. It all sounds too old-fashioned for most people’s tastes, but don’t rush into rejecting them..
Snow Magic is the band’s debut album (out Oct 21st on Blood Onion Records) which also features local artist Martin Dosh on some occasional drums. The album is surprisingly good, setting the scene right from the first track Ashes. It has a general tone of melancholy but without digging too deep into depression. It’s more of a magical trip into the start of the previous century, with beautiful strings and accordion setting the tune while the vocals unroll the stories. Those of you that are fans of Beirut may find similarities in the genre, but there is no mimicking of any kind in this album. The band shows real talent in their debut and for me it proved a really refreshing change. Guess sometimes you need to take a good look into the past before stepping forward..