Posts Tagged ‘ Folk ’

Dark Dark Dark – The Snow Magic

Dark Dark Dark – The Snow Magic

13 songs, 49 minutes long

Dark Dark Dark is a 4 piece folk/New Weird America group from Minnesota, and in 2008 they released their first album, The Snow Magic. The group has been called hobo revival, and as one listens to the album that label makes sense. The songs conjure images of people down on their luck sitting around a trash can fire and a can of beans singing their worries away. All the instruments are acoustic and are the usual folk instruments, accordions, mandolins, banjos, cellos, and double basses. Mixed with the female vocals, Dark Dark Dark has created a hauntingly hopeful album. The singer’s voice is hypnotizing, singing about hope, love, whiskey, despair, and other similar themes. The album does have some gypsy overtones, mainly because of the accordion, but it is a great blend of folk, New Weird America, and gypsy.

Check this album out if your looking for something new, something different. Its a refreshing break from electronic or rock music.

The Snow Magic at Amazon



Beirut – March of the Zapotec & Realpeople: Holland

Beirut – March of the Zapotec & Realpeople: Holland

11 songs, 34 minutes long

This dual EP was released by Zach Condon (Beirut) in 2009 and contains two very unique EP’s. The first EP, March of the Zapotec, was partly recorded in Mexico and contains a much more Latin American feel than Beirut’s previous efforts. The gypsy and Balkan sounds that Beirut is known for are still present, but much of it was recorded with the Mexican band Jimenez and the Latin American feel is very present.

The second EP, Realpeople: Holland, is throwback to Condon’s old project, Realpeople. Realpoeple was a very different sound than Beirut. It is very electro and and synthy, with the gypsy sound not being present at all. Condon’s amazing deep vocals are very present in this album, and despite not sounding much like other Beirut releases, fans of previous material are going to enjoy his electronic songs as well.

All in all, both of these EP’s are very unique, but will easily appeal to any fans of Beirut. They display Condon’s amazing song writing abilities and demonstrate his musical progression as his music career evolves.

This is a must listen for fans of Beirut, and a great start for anyone looking to get in to Beirut, or  for anyone looking for new unique music.

March of the Zapotec & Realpeople: Holland at Amazon