I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness

December 14, 2006

I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness was the runner-up choice as a name for this blog. It was later snatched up by an Austin band, who originally wanted to name their band, And You Shall Know Us By The Trail of the Dead. (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah got last pick.)

I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness’ debut album, Fear Is On Our Side, was released this year by Secret Canadian Records. The record is several shades darker than their original Britt Daniel-produced debut EP, which contains my personal favorite, “When You Go Out.” There were allusions to the change in direction on the According to Plan 12″ that preceded its release, and I suppose should have been anticipated considering the band’s name.  

The band has continued its descent into the Joy Division abyss, joining the ranks of Interpol as best indie-soundtrack to planning a murder. There are dark, rumbling basslines to propel the shimmering guitars and reverb-laden vocals forward in a march towards a dignified but evil place; there is no gore or horror here, just despair and isolation. Watch the video below and see what’s in store for you.   

I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness: “The Owl” by Emmanuel Ho

Listen: When You Go Out from their self-titled debut EP, and According to Plan from Fear Is On Our Side, available from Secretly Canadian.

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