Another gorgeous record from The Black Atlantic, this time much more expansive and elaborate than the almost minimalist Reverence For Fallen Trees, but possibly even more beautiful.
Favorite track: The Aftermath (Of This Unfortunate Event).
From the near classical guitar intro of the opening, brooder-song “The Aftermath”, it is clear that ‘Darkling, I Listen’ is a much different sonic animal than the intimate, and mostly acoustic, affair of The Black Atlantic’s debut album ‘Reverence for Fallen
Trees.’ Clocking in at 23 minutes and 23 seconds, ‘Darkling’ contains five fully sculpted songs with a wide array of elements and influences, from 70’s psychedelic folk–rock to Phil Spector-esque orchestrated chamber pop and 60’s Motown soul
sensibilities. It also takes informed cues from current indie epitomes such as Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, and Bon Iver. The Black Atlantic wears these influences on
its sleeve without sounding inauthentic. ‘Darkling I, Listen’ is an immersive listening experience, rustic and pastoral, but without the obvious pretty embellishments. It is impressionistic in its scope, full of wide-open vistas and cavernous sonic swells.
released January 13, 2012
All songs written, arranged and performed by The Black Atlantic.
All lyrics by Geert van der Velde.
Produced by The Black Atlantic.
Track 1 was mixed by Chris Coady at Gigantic Music, New York.
Track 2 was mixed by Paul Pilot at Keusgen Tonstudio, Haldern-Rees.
Tracks 3, 4, 5 were mixed by Matthijs Herder at home.
Mastered by Steve Fallone @ Sterling Sound, New York.
Recorded and pre-produced entirely at Keusgen Tonstudio by Klaus-Dieter Keusgen.
All drums and piano recorded at Keusgen Tonstudio.
Lead vocals on track 1 were recorded by RZA at Sony studio, Beijing.
All songs published by The Black Atlantic / Antediluvian Publishing.
Artwork by Matt Moroz and Tracy Maurice.
The Black Atlantic are:
Geert v/d Velde: lead vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, harmonies.
Kim Janssen: electric and acoustic guitars, harmonies.
Simon v/d Heide: drums, auxiliary percussion, piano harp
Matthijs Herder: mellotron M400, harmonies, grand piano, philicorda, Yamaha CS5, Fender Rhodes, bass guitar, ukulele, nylon string acoustic guitar.