Hitting the road one last time before disappearing into the studio for the winter, the musicians making up the sextet Dark Dark Dark are ready to bring their unique brand of chamber folk/ pop to their co-headlining stint at the Iron Horse Music Hall on Saturday.
Sharing the stage with fellow Eastern European folk fans A Hawk and a Hacksaw, the band led by frontwoman Nona Marie Ivie and fellow songwriter Marshall LaCount are still touring behind their 2010 release Wild Go, which was recorded at a series of locations in Minnesota including a renovated church and an old theater. However, while many bands might struggle to maintain consistency during trips from one studio to another, DDD were able to create a cohesive whole that, in the grandest of artistic traditions, also appears to equal more than the sum of its parts.
From the yearning first single “Daydreaming” all the way to the atmospheric album closer/ title track, Wild Go plays like an intimate experience. Ivie’s vocals continually hover over her soft piano lines, while the rest of the group weaves in and out with light percussion, guitar and accordion.
LaCount also gets in on the action, singing lead on “Heavy Heart” and “Right Path,” but his numbers inevitably feel less emotional than Ivie’s – still pleasant, but also departures from the rest of the work’s languid dream.
Watch the official video for Dark Dark Dark’s song “Daydreaming” here:
By playing as part of the Iron Horse’s “Breakout! Emerging Artist Series,” one would think that DDD is new to stardom but the group has already had their music heard by millions thanks to their songs’ prominent placement on such hit television shows as “American Idol,” “Greys Anatomy” and others.
Though you may not have heard of them yet, there’s no arguing that Dark Dark Dark’s future outlook already stands in stark contrast to their somewhat unwieldy moniker. Put on your sunglasses everyone. It’s going to be bright, bright, bright.
Dark Dark Dark with co-headliners A Hack and a Hacksaw and openers Pillars and Tongues, Sept. 24, $12-14, 10 p.m., Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St., Northampton, (413) 586-8686, http://www.iheg.com.
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