“Layered and theatrical … like a walk through a fairy-tale forest” (89.3 the Current), Lovely Dark is a psychedelic folk-influenced indie rock band from Minneapolis, MN. Their upcoming album New Born, set to be released on August 11th at the Triple Rock Social Club (MPLS), leans into a heavier, more orchestrated sound than their two previous full-length releases.
Formed in 2011, Lovely Dark was originally the collaboration of married folk-rock duo, Sonia and Travis Even, math-rock drummers Ben Johnston (self-evident) and Max Becker (Technician), and an adopted cast of talented musicians from every corner of the Twin Cities music scene. Together with current bassist Alan Erbach (of post-hardcore band Holler House) and guitarist Erik Shaw, they continue to combine seemingly disparate musical influences into something entirely unique: songs that are at once complex and infectiously listenable, raucous and razor-sharp. It is a sound with a story to tell – where the haunting harmonies and ominous drums of a pagan ritual transcend into memorable, anthemic hooks.
Influences come in all shapes and sizes on New Born. Drawing from lesser-known UK rock acts percolating in dusty record collections, pop hits from the 80’s, world percussion, trips to Ireland, and books such as the “Physics of Consciousness,” by Evan Harris Walker, New Born began as an exploration of science and religion, technology and myth, and the timeless quest for meaning. Where it ended was unexpected: four of the six members became parents over the course of the album’s creation, lending an added poignancy to lyrics about death, rebirth, and the promise of renewal.
Recorded at Crazy Beast by Ben Durrant (Roma di Luna/Andrew Bird/Dosh), the band sought to capture their live sound, and each song was recorded in just one or two takes. Embellishments, including background vocals by Jourdan Myers (JØUR/Haley Bonar), guitar by Jon Hunt, orchestration by David Mercer, cello by Charlie Beckey, and violin by Leah Ott (We are the Willows/Lott), contribute to the lush, narrative quality of the album. It was mastered by Huntley Miller, and Kieran Wakeman provided the artwork.
“The lyrics, the vocals, and the music all move without a good frame of reference. The characters in these songs might exist in modern times, but they also might exist in the lawless West of legend, or as nomadic hunter-gatherer spirits. It’s this abstract spirit that makes Lovely Dark a band worth seeking out” (Earbuddy).
released August 11, 2017
Sonia Even: Vocals
Travis Even: Guitar and Vocals
Al Erbach: Bass and Vocals
Ben Johnston: Drums
Max Becker: Drums
Jon Hunt: Guitar and Vocals
Jourdan Meyers: Background Vocals
David Mercer: Orchestration and Piano
Kara Haro: Flute
Charlie Beckey: Cello
Leah Ott: Violin
Recorded and Mixed by Ben Durrant at Crazy Beast
Mastered by Huntley Miller at HM Mastering
Artwork by Kieran Wakeman at Divine Chaos
Lovely Dark is a psych folk-influenced indie rock band from Minneapolis, MN, who continue to combine seemingly disparate
musical influences into something entirely unique: songs that are at once complex and infectiously listenable, raucous and razor-sharp....more
Would you believe she's gone from the world / Following nighttime noises, the innocent little bird / That cruel pretender fooled you again, dear / By the bend in the river all will be shown / And you will know / With all that you see in this labyrinth / Wide eyed wanderer reaching for the / Golden rose-water scented dearly departed / She falls to death as you stumble / Back where you started / You fought so hard but your relentless heart / Could never bear to let it go / When everything that you wanted / And all the truth that you hunted / The promise is broken / You're spinning the wheel again / Do you hear the passing locomotive / Westward thundering / Do you remember? The dirt is hard where we danced / It grows even harder / Passing under the wheels / Forever onward / And now you know / Spinning the wheel again ...
Track Name: The Tower
Bar all the doors and board up the windows / Set fire to the table and burn all the bedclothes / Wrap me in shadow, close your eyes, you will see / It's a relationship formed at the speed of light tonight / They say that the lightning will never strike the same place twice / The spread of our culture likened to fire / The spread of our cultured likened to a fire / We'll make it better for the unbelievers / With plastic parts and burnt out hearts / Don't give up / It's getting harder now / These waves of light are unpredictable / When what we know, when what we claim to know / Let it go / It's a relationship formed at the speed of light tonight / They say that the lightning will never strike the same place twice / Colliding in pictures of possible futures / Reach out to me / Across the divide of a billion dimensions simultaneously
Track Name: Cradled in Bone
Hear me, listen / Long have we wandered / Always searching / We look for the place where / We began / Cradled in bones / Our souls entwining / Already home / Spinning outward / In radiant circles / We revolve, and / Go back to the start where / We began / Cradled in bones / Our souls entwining / Already home / I’ve traced the stars on your fingertips / The heavens clenched in your grip (Radiant circles) / The hand I hold isn’t yours alone / But all your nameless kin (look for the place where we began) / The red road stretched out long before us / Our faces to the wind / Hand-in-hand, we begin again / At the place where our footprints end
Track Name: Torchbearer
At the waterfall / You felt the river pulling you in / Branching beneath your skin / The source was within you / Cut yourself open / Cut yourself open / Show me / Water falls / Slips between your fingers, your open palms / The truth is finally coming out / The mystery is spelled out in light, and I have seen it, I think that I’ve touched it / I found it in the waves, and all around me / Rising to take me / Rising to take me / Standing before the crowd / With your accusers gathering round / They’re lighting the fire now / Up there on the pyre / Could you see it? / Did you reach out and touch it? / The truth was in the flames, and all around you / Spinning around you, turning in orbit, all the universe inside of you / When the spark begins to catch / Will it burn, will it burn, will it burn / These pages black / When the torchbearer lifts the lantern high / no disguise will survive in the light / Like seeds taking root in the ash / All that was meant to will come to pass / The fire’s beginning to catch
Track Name: I am the Altar
Bone rattle shakes in the long summer grass / A fire in the hearth / And I am the ash / Lasting past the spell that is cast / You're tracing symbols along the new earth / I am the altar, I am the drum / The nameless one / Secrets / You carry around / From a cup of bones: / Revelations / But when it weighs
Heavy on your soul / It'll come crashing down and / Let us reveal it all tonight / I had a dream I was a birch tree aflame / Standing over / All those who came to say, / Please don’t break this holy curse / We’ll love what we were / We’ll love what we are / We are all liars, We are all framed / By nature’s ways
Track Name: The Seer
It's not that I don't feel bad / It's just that i can’t feel worse / Rise up from the unexplored / Hidden domain / Up to where the atom reigns / Carelessly, he said, this engine / will burn us, it doesn’t need a reason / But is it better leaping into the void / Than to stand at the edge / The colors of a used-up earth / In the midst of a sea of shadows / Hiding out in a sunken eye / Can good deeds defend / The violence of a simple plan / Navigating between the arrows / Like that of an animal / Please be careful / Where you’re walking there’s no light / And the grave is too wide / White light burns the seer’s eyes with wisdom / Insight will overpower reason / The hole that exists in everything / We’ll fill it all with light / Blown apart, reunified
Track Name: King of Swords
Before time was time / When your atoms clung to mine / And all of everything, combined / Then at once the light / Driving us apart / We’re stumbling through the dark / Did you find what you were looking for? Did you find what you were looking for? / Tell me / All behold the King of Swords / The silence that you broke / Among other things / The bell that you rang once / Still rings in me / It echoes in my thoughts / Resounding in my bones / I’m fumbling for the door / Am I everything you’re longing for? / Did you find what you were looking for / All behold the King of Swords / Approach the throne, the King of Swords/ And all the bonds you broke / Tearing every string / How did you think it would end / With you, with me? / And everything you said / I remember every word / We're falling through the dark / Did you find what you were looking for?
Track Name: The Wheel (Reprise)
The cracks that we have mended / Fractures filled with gold / Seeds we have planted / In perfect, crooked rows / Re-making, re-destroying / On and on it goes / So it goes / The treasures we have lost / Lie shining in the snow / Shining in the snow / The places we have faltered / Promises that we broke / All the wasted hours / Let them become our yoke / And we will pull each other / Further down the road / The cracks that we have mended / Fractures filled with gold / Seeds we have planted / In perfect, crooked rows / Re-making, re-destroying / On and on it goes / So it goes...