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DARK DARK DARK

Wild Go

2010-11-07

When I first listened to this cd, I didn't have a clue as to what genre this group belonged in. After listening to this group for several hours, I am still uncertain - mesmerized, but confused. In order to get a feel for their music I went onto Youtube to watch some recorded performances, and I have to say that the recordings on this cd, although quite hauntingly melodic and musical, do not do justice to the live performance of this group; however, you can feel the passion from the sextet's playing on every track. Having said that, you need to listen for yourself before committing to going to one of their concerts. This is a concert-intensive band – they give over 200 concerts per year, so there is a good chance they will be within driving distance. I intend to go, because I find it fascinating to me the way the musical instrumentation seems to be in contrast with the musical theme, which may also be contrasted to the lyrics – yet it all comes off well. Although this I the group's sophomore cd release, I fully expect them to develop a wider fan base, and more music. --- Nick

ARTIST BIO Dark Dark Dark Wild Go (Supply and Demand) Minneapolis based chamber-folk sextet Dark Dark Dark revel in the wonder that is around us always. Their dramatic sound sets Nona Marie Invie’s soaring, haunting voice against age-old instrumentation that evokes the soundtrack to a beautiful film. The songwriting is shared by Invie and LaCount, while the band then crafts their parts and the arrangements. They credit a few years and constant touring with helping them to mature and collaborate to shape the music and its impressions on listeners. They've achieved a real kinship and communication that is evident in the way it pulls us in to their experiences. Wild Go’s first single, “Daydreaming,” is a response to Elephant Micah's homesick dirge “Wild Goose Chase,” which in turn was a response to Hazel Dickens’ bluegrass classic “Ramblin’ Woman.” “’Wild Goose Chase’ really touched me,” Invie says. “I wanted to reciprocate in a way that captured a moment in my own life. I’ve been traveling and touring for so long now – and it’s been great – but I have this internal conflict between having a nomadic lifestyle and needing a home.” The song is thematically linked to the album’s opener, “In Your Dreams.” “Both are about finding a place where you can be free,” reveals Invie. “That’s what I’m always looking for.” Invie considers Wild Go the band’s most emotionally open statement to date and points to the wistful, piano-driven lullaby “Robert” as her most honest and personal moment. “It’s about a loved one growing older, and closer to death,” she reveals.

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