Thanks to the ubiquitous presence of master pan flautist Zamfir in my youth, I have never felt comfortable using the word "haunting" to describe music—until now. But Dark Dark Dark's Nona Marie Invie's haunting voice is only part of the musical puzzle that shares that propinquity with Zamfir.
Beginning with "In Your Dreams," everything old is new again, but not just new, more like a message from the almost future. Squishing squeezebox and pattering drums combine with monastic doo-wop backing vocals, which sound as Gregorian as they do Philly street corner circa 1957. This is as much unabashed fun as you will have listening to Wild Go.
"Daydreams" is more demonstrative of this delightfully moody album (yes, delightfully). Invie's piano playing and her aching-yet-euphonious vocal laments—reminiscent of Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor—are backed by the swirling scuff of percussive brushes.
The somber power of DDD flags when banjo player/clarinetist Marshall LaCount helms the vocal on "Heavy Heart." While a serviceable vocalist and an excellent musician, he is no match for the powerfully morose and impassioned Invie. Fair warning guys: female leads end up on Top 40 hip-hop tracks, then go solo, then you're out of a job. Just sayin'.
Dark Dark Dark plays Zoo City Apparel Tuesday, April 19, at 8 PM with Why Are We Building Such a Big Ship?, The Keys Knees, Fiancée and Buffler. $7 with tickets available at the door and at Ear Candy Music.