I put on the debut release from Darker My Love and thought I had time-tripped back to the late '60s. The material has that drone mixed with these drugged out vocals that seem like the Byrds mixed with My Bloody Valentine. Don't let that comparison fool anybody however. These guys are heavier than one would expect and the songs have a driving beat that keep you nodding through your haze.
The band was a high school project by Tim Presley and Andy Granelli who would later join The Distillers. They recruited Jared Everett and Rob Barbato and when Granelli was again available, they threw things into high gear.
This record draws you in like a crocodile who has hypnotized its prey before striking. At first glance, it seems like there is nothing but a malaise. True enough, one can say a lot of the songs sound similar. Keep spinning this one though and you creep into an aura that permeates the project, both comforting and familiar. Despite the laid-back vocal approach, the rhythm section keeps nudging you along. The stabbing, gritty guitar flicks out here and there like bursts of sparks in the night.
Entrancing and enjoyable, Darker My Love is a dark but delicious delight.