Dark Dark Dark

KGNU Presents

Dark Dark Dark

Emily Wells, the Changing Colors

Fri, October 26, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$12.00

Off Sale

This event is 18 and over

Dark Dark Dark
Dark Dark Dark
On March 9, Dark Dark Dark released the stunning six-song EP Bright Bright Bright on Supply and Demand Music. Hailing from New Orleans, New York, and Minneapolis, the chamber-folk sextet have yielded a lush and intoxicating follow-up to their 2008 full-length debut, the Snow Magic.
On the new record the band moves beyond lost love, heartache, and loneliness toward more hopeful horizons. "These songs are about new beginnings, and usually have a little triumphant twist in them," says band member Marshall LaCount. "The songs are often about a character finding a place in the world, and the strange interactions that happen along the way."

The EP is also about finding and creating beauty. "Lyrically we've grown," says LaCount. "We're working on the new songs the way a painter might work. Each of us adds a different shade or texture to the canvas." The resulting songs are expansive and dynamic, layered with serious overtones but with joy at the center.
Emily Wells
Emily Wells
Emily Wells has been hailed for her multi-instrumental ambidexterity, a symphonic embroidering of swirling strings, ingenious electronics, and intricate, irresistible beats, sewn together with celestial vocals and deeply personal song-craft. Her new Mama Acoustic Recordings, out June 11th, sees the NYC-based singer/musician/producer casting it all aside, re-imagining songs first heard on 2012’s acclaimed Partisan Records debut, Mama . Where that collection was marked by Wells' extraordinary fusion of hip hop, experimental dance music, lyrical introspection, and classical complexity, the new album is stunningly austere, recorded solely with voice and guitar. Songs like “Dirty Sneakers” refract the singer and songwriter in a fresh light, illuminating altered emotional perspectives and melodic colors. With Mama Acoustic Recordings, Emily Wells has stripped off her own armor, leaving only her crystalline voice and equally unambiguous songwriting on display.

“There was nothing to hide behind,” she says. “I’m always wrestling with that, because so much of the music I love is incredibly simple, but what I usually do is very far from it.”
the Changing Colors
the Changing Colors
The tiny hamlet of Manitou Springs, Colorado sits just below the soaring heights of Pikes Peak. A place frequented by thousands of tourists each year, it is a mecca for flatlanders and southerners longing for the cool mountain air and the remarkable views. It is also a haven for gifted songwriters and musicians. Among the most capable of these writers is Conor Bourgal, who along with his twin brother, Ian, and an interchangeable ensemble of musicians, form a group called the Changing Colors.They are a band that sings of longing and beauty, hope and regret. Their latest album, Ghost of Red Mountain takes its entire theme from the legendary story of Manitou resident Emma Crawford. Sometime in the early 1900's Crawford's coffin was washed down onto Main Street from it's perch above town on Red Mountain. The story is the source of Manitou's biggest festival – the internationally renowned Emma Crawford Coffin Races held each Halloween. Bourgal chose to look beyond the gothic story and to bring a hardscrabble pioneer woman's life to light.The result is a set of songs so poignant and moving that after a single play, they stay with the listener for days, creating a sustained whisper of love and yearning. Using the simplicity of acoustic guitar and the melancholy tone of a lap steel, Bourgal sings of promises of remembrance and anticipated romance.Bourgal's narrative style creates stories of the human experience that are sparse, haunting and unforgettable.The Color's style remains accessible in its similarity to folk and Americana, but it's substance is far more complex. Bourgal's songs paint a landscape of the human journey through fear and despair into ultimate freedom and spiritual release. Each song on the album forms a particular scene in the narrative, moving toward ultimate transcendence. A recurring theme is separation – usually of lovers – and the passage through the anxiety and anguish of withdrawal.
Venue Information:
Hi-Dive
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209
http://www.hi-dive.com/