Lovely Dark: We tried delving deeper on this album
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Lovely Dark is the perfect description of the Minneapolis band's sound. Their brand of folk-flavored indie rock mixes the beauty of their voices with untamed intensity. On their third album Into the Roil, the sextet returns with their most accomplished batch of songs yet.
Don't let these musicians fool you. The group [Travis Even - guitar, vocals; Sonia Even - vocals, keys, percussion; Kent Thomson - bass, keys, vocals; Ben Johnston - drums, percussion; Max Becker - drums, percussion; Joe Clark- guitar] are a bunch of nerds. Ben Johnston shares, "We play Magic the Gathering, so we named all the song titles after card names from the game. To pick our setlist for the last show, Kent [Thomson] brought in the cards and shuffled them up. We will practice, then we play Magic."
"Folk is different from punk in that no one's really dancing," he says. "It's more people staring at you." "Yeah, but we have a lot of percussive songs, too," Sonia counters. "There were a couple of people dancing at our last show." With two percussionists, it's easy to see how their songs could easily be taken over by the rhythm.
When prodded about the many natural elements on the album, Sonia continues, "I'm inspired by nature; I think most people are. I like using nature as a metaphor for life and things that are passed between people. Every album has been a reinvention; you're starting the whole process over again. You write the record, release it into the world, and start another cycle. It's a cycle that's parallel to the cycles of the earth -- of nature and the seasons -- how we're at the mercy of it."
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