I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness has reemerged from the shadows with their second full-length album Dust. Produced by Paul Barker of Ministry, Dust picks up where 2006's Fear Is On Our Side left off, with ten new tracks of dark, driving, propulsive rock.
These taut songs have no need for unnecessary arrangements or artifice. Chosen Darkness' music is honest, and never stiff; affected, but not whining. Dust's minimalist artwork and specificity of tone demonstrate an elegance & wisdom, as these 10 songs evoke the foggy landscapes of Twin Peaks (the misty "Safety", fatalistic "You Are Dead To Me") as well as a burning storm. It is high time for I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness to come back into the light.
Produced in summer 2003 by Britt Daniel of Spoon, I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness' eponymous debut perfectly captures the band's strong pop-sensibility also found on their debut long-player “Fear Is On Our Side” from earlier this year. Included among the EP's five tracks is the live favorite and venerable set closer "Your Worst Is The Best" which features dueling vocals over a chiming Rhodes and epic guitar lines.
Not a band to sit still, our favorite Austinites, I LOVE YOU BUT I'VE CHOSEN DARKNESS have emerged from the big state by crossing the country several times over in support of "Fear Is On Our Side" and now releasing the first single from the record, "According to Plan."
Described by Res Magazine as an "ethereal anthem with a great bass hook and gently chiming guitars" (Res Magazine), the song transcends and destroys the generational gap that plagues so many bands these days who were influenced Joy Division and New Wave hookery.
The single also includes the Fear Is On Our Side out-take, "Close To Here," and the newly recorded piece, Better Strangers.
After a lifetime of nightfall and foggy moonlight, I Love You but I’ve Chosen Darkness creeps out of the shadows with their long-awaited full-length debut, Fear Is on Our Side. Formed in 2001, the Austin, Texas, band follows up their 2003 self-titled, five-song EP - a much poppier affair produced by Spoon’s Britt Daniel - with a dose of thunder and lightning, pain and pleasure. Produced this time around by Paul Barker (Ministry, Revolting Cocks), the record is more sadness than joy with Christian Goyer’s lonely lyrics and hauntingly echoed guitar persuaded by Edward Robert’s chorused basslines. The sound is coaxing and familiar, Ernest Salaz and Daniel Del Favero’s textured guitar melodies alternately subtle and entrancing; then howling and anguished. From opening tragic tale “The Ghost,” the five-piece echoes past ages and foretells the future. Powerful layers rip through the silence, bonding strength and longing with the weight of a sigh.Reminiscent to latter-era Talk Talk, with the introspection also comes passion. “According to Plan” throbs and gristles through Tim White’s pulsating beats that insist on movement. Originally electronically recorded for an Artikal Records 12-inch, the track comes alive here, just as tight as on the original but even darker. Mixing lulling instrumentals (“The Owl”) with epic storytelling (“Today We Choose Faces”), ILYBICD breaks out of any genre-specific molds.Since 2001, Chosen Darkness (along with their local predecessors Paul Newman, Windsor for the Derby, and Glorium), have paid their dues by becoming THE band to play with in Austin. Now, it’s time to put a sound with the name. Fear Is on Our Side is not trivial or banal. It’s not trendy or futile. Fear is a testament to our times, our revolutions, and our meaning. It’s timeless, maniacal, and resounding. Darkness and truth.