Dark Light by Lovers on Apple Music

10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Formerly a vehicle for singer-songwriter Carolyn Berk, Lovers morphs into a trio for Dark Light with the addition of Kerby Ferris on keyboards and synthesizer and Emily Kingan on drums. The new lineup brings with it a new sound and direction as the band moves from acoustic guitar based songs to atmospheric, stripped-down electronica. Berk’s enchanting voice is well suited to this format as are the pleasing intertwining harmony vocals that dominate the choruses of these 10 tunes. Hovering between dreamy (“Don’t You Want It,” “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”) and danceable (“Figure 8,” “To Be a Dancer”) the band creates a haunting, forlorn mood that matches the introspective and lovelorn lyrics. The melodies and hooks are consistently good and come together best on the standouts “Barnacle” and “Boxer,” both of which ride an infectious combination of synth and snare drum beats. Understated and stark, Lovers does a lot with a little on Dark Light.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Formerly a vehicle for singer-songwriter Carolyn Berk, Lovers morphs into a trio for Dark Light with the addition of Kerby Ferris on keyboards and synthesizer and Emily Kingan on drums. The new lineup brings with it a new sound and direction as the band moves from acoustic guitar based songs to atmospheric, stripped-down electronica. Berk’s enchanting voice is well suited to this format as are the pleasing intertwining harmony vocals that dominate the choruses of these 10 tunes. Hovering between dreamy (“Don’t You Want It,” “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”) and danceable (“Figure 8,” “To Be a Dancer”) the band creates a haunting, forlorn mood that matches the introspective and lovelorn lyrics. The melodies and hooks are consistently good and come together best on the standouts “Barnacle” and “Boxer,” both of which ride an infectious combination of synth and snare drum beats. Understated and stark, Lovers does a lot with a little on Dark Light.

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About Lovers

Specializing in an evocative mix of pop, folk, indie rock, and electronic music, Lovers formed in 2002 as a solo vehicle for prolific East Coast singer/songwriter Carolyn Berk.

Simultaneously introspective and quirky, the band released its 2002 debut long-player, Star Lit Sunken Ship, through the Orange Twin label. Gutter and the Garden arrived in 2004, followed in 2007 by the well-received Sleep with Heat, and in 2009 by the spare I Am the West. Released in 2010, Dark Light saw the band gel into a proper trio, adding sound artist Kerby Ferris and percussionist Emily Kingan as permanent members. It was also the band's first release for Badman Records, which would also go on to issue 2013's Friend in the World. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Portland, Oregon

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