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Strange Clockwork

by Dark Day

20 cog-like, cyclic instrumental tracks with layers of melody and percussive rhythm on unusual-sounding instruments with a comicly sinister edge. Think Philip Glass meets The Addams Family, or Stereolab meet The B-52's.
Genre: Electronic: Pop Crossover
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1. Telegraph
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2. Millennium
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3. The Thirty-Nine Steps
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4. The Stone Wheel
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5. A Night In Casablanca
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6. The Laugh's On You
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7. Shells On The Shore
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8. Timepiece
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9. Forty Winks
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10. Bats In The Belfry
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11. Insomnia/Narcolepsy
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12. Sleepwalking
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13. Birdbrain
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14. In Our Oyster Beds
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15. Marvell Doorbell & The Jawbone Ram
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16. Floating Island
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17. Deep Green Sea Onions
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18. Shimmy On The Half Shell (or How To Make A Pearl)
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19. Jasper Jealousy & The Terracotta Body
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20. Sinister Minister In Seaweed Tweed
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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ROBIN CRUTCHFIELD MAY BE CONTACTED AT robinleecrutchfield@gmail.com

Robin Crutchfield, the original keyboardist and co-founder of the "no wave" band DNA, who worked with Brian Eno on the "No New York" album back in 1978, left after a year to pursue his own shifting interests with a new project identified as Dark Day and has adopted the name carrying it through countless experimental variations. Considered dark wave by some in the early '80s, it has gone through various shifts in style and personnel since then, including members such as Nina Canal of Ut, Phil Kline from Bang On A Can and Glenn Branca, Steven Brown and Peter Principle from Tuxedomoon, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer of Y'all, and Baltimore bedsit diva Linda Smith. In the mid-to-late 1980's the sound was more akin to Moondog, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, or Dead Can Dance, for its medieval pagan qualities or chamber ensemble machinations.

In recent years, as reflected on this CD, Robin composed, arranged and recorded all the material himself incorporating an unusual-sounding variety of instruments, with orchestral or quirkier natures, and applying layering and looping techniques to his infectiously catchy, and atmospheric melodies, using contrapuntal rhythms to accent their odder qualities, making for hypnotically, comically, sinister results--a brand of strange clockworklike electronica that doesn't sound electronic.

More info. about Robin Crutchfield can be found at these websites:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Crutchfield
http://facebook.com/robin.crutchfield

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SCAREA 61

"Jeepers Creepers", its great to hear DARK DAY again.
A fantastic original work of art. We love the way this disk sounds. MORE! MORE! We need another DARK DAY!
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Ramona Little

Entertainingly quirky and musically witty
I love this CD! That said, I've played it for a few people and they think I'm a little nuts. The songs are as strange as the titles. They mostly start out with a simple, amusingly naive melody or rhythm, then gradually add in other parts until there are some interesting harmonies and syncopations going on. Then parts drop out at unexpected intervals, and the listener is also surprised by some interesting sounds like bird chirps, a backwards cymbal, a whistle, and weird scratchy noises. I first heard this in the car and at one point thought a speaker was malfunctioning, but the sound was on the CD! Everything works though. I've actually laughed out loud at some of the unexpected changes.

These are all instrumentals and some would probably be good in a movie, for scenes where someone is sneaking around, about to do something sinister. The quirkiness of the melodies makes me think of Danny Elfman, and also Bollywood for some reason. They keyboard sound is cheesy, but in a tongue-in-cheek kind of way.

My only criticisms would be that some songs seem to go on too long and get monotonous, and there's too much of that keyboard sound that's supposed to sound like voices. Also it's pretty obvious that this is all done by one guy sitting alone in his home studio, as it doesn't have the depth or variability of a collaborative effort.

But I definitely recommend this CD to anyone with a strange sense of humor, or just looking for something different. Like the Addams Family, it manages to be dark and funny at the same time.
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