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DARKER MY LOVE [Vinyl] [Limited Edition]

Darker My LoveVinyl
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“When you get right down to it,” Darker My Love’s Tim Presley says, “this record is about loss and hard work.”

Informed by profound personal tragedy, Alive As You Are is the Los Angeles-based band’s most musically focused and emotionally direct collection to date. Songs like “June Bloom” and “Dear Author” see DML traveling away ... Read more in Amazon's Darker My Love Store

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  • Vinyl (September 12, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Dangerbird
  • ASIN: B000GI3RDS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,443 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Opening
2. What's a Man's Paris
3. Helium Heels
4. Post Mortem, Post Boredom
5. Wake
6. Fall
7. Hello Traveler
8. Claws & Paws
9. Catch
10. People
11. I Feel Fine
12. Summer Is Here

Editorial Reviews

The music of California's Darker My Love is guitars drenched in blissed-out fuzz, pulsing drums crashing like waves, and echoing harmonies stretching sky-high. Features ex-members of Distillers and Nerve Agents.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 or more September 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Darker My Love is a band that has been hanging in the LA music ghetto for a few years. Now may be their time. There is a lot of excitement around this record. I can tell you that all reports are good so far. This is a band that has recently played with The Fall and The Lyres. But they have transcended any influences. It's mainly psychedelic rock. But then we have the amazing hard-hitting rock of "What's A Mans Paris." The excitement continues with "Helium Heels" and "Post Mortem, Post Boredom." We haven't heard some fresh chord changes in a decade. The revolution has happened. Darker My Love is at the forefront of a new exuberant scene. This will be in mind as they take the stage at Sunset Junction in late August. This street festival is always a milemarker and taste of good things of the past and to come. One day we will all be dead. Darker My Love is one of the great things about being alive at this time.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a total & complete mind blower, from start to end!!! October 31, 2007
Format:Audio CD
whoa!!!...this is a 'must have' cd IF you like/love or listen to any of the following bands on a regular (or even semi-regular) basis (& DO MAKE SURE you read the names of EACH & EVERY artist/band make absolutely sure that you understand what this release can be put up against w/o any trouble: black rebel motorcycle club, the warlocks, sun dial, monster magnet (at their MOST psych stuff, like the early eps/lps, instead of their later stuff that leaned more towards 'metal'), brian jonestown massacre, loop, cream (their material where clapton plays blistering guitar), jimi hendrix experience, the hair & skin trading co. (in particular, their last full-length & last 2 singles/eps), singapore sling, the morning after girls (at their MOST psyched-out, trippy, fuzz-epics.....not the really mellow/dreamy stuff they do), spacemen 3, spiritualized (it'd take forever to try & explain why i have them added to this list.....but, i'm sure that, after reading the names of the artists/bands that i've just typed up before them, you can pretty much so figure out on you own exactly WHY i did!!!), swervedriver, the heads, the jesus & mary chain, the velvet underground (first 2 lps, in particular...their 2nd), jps experience (specifically, the 'bleeding star' full-length), my bloody valentine, farflung, magic dirt (esp. their earliest releases...most def. their self-titled debut), iron butterfly (their first 3 lps), the asteroid #4 (their debut full-length release), opal (listed here b'cuz of the many songs they did on the 'happy nightmare baby' lp, releasing a ton of heavy wah-wah, fuzz, & tripped-out guitar work w/several of the songs pretty much so being NOTHING BUT music for when you're reeeeeally high!!! Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars compared to "2's four stars, but a solid starter February 11, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Many previous listeners rated this highly. In retrospect compared to the initial reviews before the release of the follow-up: it's a good CD, but compared to "2," clearly a début on an indie label. It's full of passion and ideas if a bit awkward and raw in the actual product. It's often heavier than their second one, logically titled "2." (I reviewed that the day before I did this on Amazon.) As no previous Amazon reviewer has commented on the actual songs, here goes. "Opening" and "Post Mortem" resemble The Black Angels (both albums also reviewed by me) tribal droning or the Warlocks' gloomier delivery, as well as Jesus & Mary Chain at their most sluggish. There's also a hint of the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" backbeat.

"What's a Man's Paris" has a catchier assault to match its strange title; "Helium Heels" moves along mid-tempo, more like the songs on "2" will. "Fall" may not predict their interim period touring with and then becoming The Fall, but it does lurch about more between fast and slow, and I think the drums into the guitar interlude halfway through do capture that band's longer tracks. There's also notably a growling voice mixed deep midstream into its vocal!

"Hello Traveler" blends a Swervedriver guitar-drums-bass propulsion with distortion pedals to good effect; the vocal harmonies needed to be not so muddy, however, and the percussion reels and stumbles near the end of the song too clunkily. "Claws & Paws" stalks like a feline through a dark tunnel before picking up the pace into a livelier, if no less thickly textured, sound. "Catch" continues the sludgier mood.

"People" follows patterns from post-punks like The Chameleons or Echo & the Bunnymen, but it does not improve much on this template.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First-Rate Psychedelia March 26, 2008
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If you dig the Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Dandy Warhols, My Bloody Valentine, the Jesus & Mary Chain, the Morning After Girls and/or the Velvet Underground, you'll love this CD. Strong melodies, nice harmonies and lush sonics make this album a must-have for fans of old and new psychedelia. Recommended without reservations. Peace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars existential February 28, 2011
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this is, so far, the undiscovered great group. if you lean towards brian jonestown, dandy warhols, black angels, and deerhunter, you should really like this
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4.0 out of 5 stars Psychedelic Geography October 23, 2010
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I first listened to this album after hearing the band live and purchasing "2," and in that phase, I saw the debut as an accurate summary of the darker fuzz tones from the tradition of The Jesus and Mary Chain. While the record was not as textured as "2," and the band certainly was more stripped down playing as a quartet (before adding Will on the organ/clavi), the listener certainly can hear the dense-but-textured approach to songwriting that would dominate much of "2."

Upon hearing "Alive as you are," the band's most recent album, I began to view the debut differently. While many people were (and are) ambivalent about the band's latest effort, and found the record to either be a left turn or a nostalgic replication of 60s psychedelia, I thought that the new record explored some of the softer spaces of the debut record.

The shock of the new record, I believe, was a stunning direct sound, which is not similar to the cavernous and dark production of the debut. However, the bright arpeggios, intricate rhythm parts, and rhythmic comping of the new album expand upon themes that listeners can find on the back end of the debut.

In retrospect, "2" was a record that followed "Claws and Paws," "Helium Heels," and "What's a Man's Paris?;" "Alive as You Are" lives between "People" and "I feel fine."

If we consider psychedelic music in its most basic definition to be "mind-manifesting" music, we might consider psychedelic albums to paint different spaces in which we can locate, develop, and reflect upon our own mind or soul. In that regard, "Darker My Love" is a psychedelic album of the finest order; it is open-ended, it has many turns, and it presents different terrains within which one can further develop psychedelic sounds.

And I think that's rather fitting given Darker My Love's career thus far, as a band that is touring the many fields of psychedelia.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It Drones, It's Noisy, and It's Fun
Twelve tracks, of those twelve you may only find a few stands out the first listen. Give it some time, although a noisy album there is some separation in sound. Read more
Published on June 16, 2009 by Corey Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars darker my love
i bought this thinking it would be okay, but i've come to really love listening to it. if you like my bloody valentine at all, you should definitely enjoy this album.
Published on February 13, 2008 by Stephany Valdez
5.0 out of 5 stars One fine disc
One of the best musical purchases I've made this year. High quality songs from start to finish, unusual in this genre.

Worth a listen.
Published on December 2, 2007 by G. L. Hodges
4.0 out of 5 stars Will there be a sophomore release?
I became aware of this CD by way of the most recent US tour of the Fall. Both Barbato and Presley, the two principal members of Darker My Love, are now purportedly full fledged... Read more
Published on July 5, 2007 by Markster
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant rebirth of the Shoegaze scene
Darker My Love is awesome. They remind me of early My Bloody Valentine tunes like "You Made Me Realize". Thats about as big a compliment as is heavenly possible. Read more
Published on April 17, 2007 by Adrian G. Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Post punk at its best
When i use the term post punk, I reluctantly use it. I use the term to identify any punk musician's work that straggles away from their traditional hardcore offerings. Read more
Published on March 18, 2007 by Jessicka
4.0 out of 5 stars Crank it up!
I can describe this "lost" e.p. in one word: bitchen! It delivers from beginning to end. A super group of sorts they put out this e.p. and then nothing. Read more
Published on April 13, 2006 by Michael T. Reiter
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