Latest news August 2020
NEW SINGLE OUT NOW!
A previous version of this iconic Joy Division song is available on the album 'Songs For Suicidal Lovers' (see below). This new recording retains the metronomic drum beat, but now has added reggae bass and a plethora of electric guitars, courtesy of Paul Harvey. The result is a gradual build-up of tension until the final breathless release... "don't walk away".
Available for downloading and streaming everywhere.
This video features one of Cole Porter's most famous songs, first published in 1932. There are hundreds of versions out there, including recordings by Frank Sinatra, U2, The Temptations, Ringo Starr, Everything But The Girl and Bing Crosby. After viewing, a friend posed the question "yes, OK, but what does the video have to do with the song?" I have to confess that I was unable to come up with an answer. All I can say is that it's noir-ish, WW2-ish and trip-hoppy-ish. So shoot me!
From the 2019 album 'Through A Glass Darkly'
Arranged and Produced by Pete Millward
Mute trumpet by Michael Kurtz
STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT
SINGLE DUE FOR RELEASE SEPTEMBER 2020
A very different version of a song made famous by Frank Sinatra way back in the 1960's.
THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY
"Dark's vocals are smooth and measured: the added element of fragility that was noticeable on Trouble In Paradise is often apparent and adds another emotional level to his interpretations of these often melancholy and downbeat lyrics." Bruce Lindsay - All About Jazz
TROUBLE IN PARADISE
"This is a fine collection — a left-field take on the classics that reminds us how an artist's vision can throw new light on old favorites. The album's high point is "Trust In Me." Written by Robert and Richard Sherman for Walt Disney's film version of The Jungle Book (1967) It was sung in the movie by Kaa the python as he planned to eat Mowgli, the story's hero. Dark turns the song into a seducer's tale — plausible yet ultimately a lie, the promise of safety and faithfulness is given to the accompaniment of Freeman's smooth saxophone. Who could fail to be swayed by such charms? Or, indeed, by the equally seductive charms of Trouble In Paradise." Bruce Lindsay - All About Jazz