unconventional rhythmic textures and an uncompromising approach to music,
DarkBlueWorld constructs songs that are sophisticated
and direct in their lyrical and musical conception, speaking with truth,
courage and conviction. Often acerbic and darkly satirical, DarkBlueWorld's
music is emotionally layered with subtly complex harmonic and rhythmic
turns. Their culturally engaged, profoundly melancholic songs intelligently
communicate the complexities of human experience, combining artful simplicity,
originality and inherent beauty.
Fronted by the poetry and voice of Elizabeth Fischer, DarkBlueWorld features
the talents of guitarist/collaborator Ron Samworth along with Skye Brooks
on drums, Pete Schmitt on bass and Chad MacQuarrie on guitar. Other notable
contributors have been avantgarde music mavens Tony Wilson (guitar) and
JP Carter (trumpet) and on their recordings, Jesse Zubot (violin) and
Peggy Lee (cello).
DarkBlueWorld's epic sound has been noted for its paradoxical nature,
simultaneously hypnotic and sullen: "blending disturbing lyrics with
beautiful melodies... breathing sadness and celebration in the same breath",
at times "a thrilling noise assault of feedback and percussion"
[Cokemachineglow.com]. Their unique "alchemical magic" is completed
by Elizabeth's "lushly dismal narratives", ranging harmonically
from "a macabre growl to a keening shriek" with "superior
range and color" conveyed by her "cigarette-rough voice"
[CD of the Week, JunkMedia]. "These are the forlorn regions where
DarkBlueWorld will take you, and the voyage wont be gentle; there is a
deep sense of command within its drama.".
"Songs that ache with truth"
CD of the Week, The Globe and Mail
... a searing alternative to sweetness and light -
Down Beat Magazine
Imagine and unholy union of Nina Hagen and Jim Morrison channeling
Bertold Brecht and Rimbaud with a band made up of members of the Doors,
the Velvet Underground and Pink Floyd and youll have some idea of
DarkBlueWorlds mesmerizing, hallucinatory sound...
... they breathe sadness and celebration in the same breath because
they own that paradox, all while retaining status as pop through their
brilliant narratives and insularly intricate musicianship... -
"... songs visceral and enraged and yet with tenderness
and naked vulnerability".
- The Georgia Straight
"Proof that great things come from taking your time. Since 2002,
singer Elizabeth Fischer, guitarist Ron Samworth and Tony Wilson, drummer
Skye Brooks and bassist Pete Schmitt have developed a sound that is beautifully
captured here. Akin to Diamanda Galas singing German cabaret music as
played by King Crimson, or something like that, the music is thoroughly
engaging. Over it all, Fischer's sinuous voice delivers her often dark
and edgy lyrics about "love songs for the dead" and smiling
angels inside picture frames." - (A) - The Province
Review: Junk Media
Review: Coda Magazine
Review: Down Beat
Review: Ion Magazine
Of The Week! Album Review: The Globe And Mail
Live Review: The Georgia Straight