Dark Day: Darkest Before Dawn LP (Nigh Eve Productions, 1989/reissued by Dark Entries, 2019)

April 18, 2020 at 3:27 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Dark Day: Darkest Before Dawn LP

This is a little-known release by Robin Lee Crutchtfield’s Dark Day, recorded around 1985-86 and a far cry from his earlier minimal synth work. This is a collection of Medieval Pagan processions inspired by Moondog and played on a mixture of keyboards, recorders, amplified cello, and numerous types of percussion instruments, bells, and shakers. It feels traditional, but at the same time there’s eerie, carnivalesque atmospheres and some effects trickery. It also gets remarkably tender, with tracks like “Shod With Booths Of Ether”, then playful with others such as “Lost In The Shuffle”. “Giantess” is closer to Coil’s more funureal moments. The whole record is autumnal, but the second side sounds maybe closer to Halloween than the first, although it also has some almost celebratory moments.

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