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New York City based songwriter Gary Canino, submits to you a generous collection of country-inflected music under the Dark Tea moniker that honor the past while looking ahead. There is, as they say, a little something for everyone. With Dark Tea, Gary emerges as a scientist does from her lab, having cracked the formula. The formula? Honor the listeners’ desire for both danger and comfort. And so, when a melody starts to wander from the marked trail, Gary soothes the listener’s ear with a simple one-four (“Variable Reward”). And so, when ambling verse figure disorients the listener, it repeats until she feels at home in it (“The Bird’s Nest”). And so, a long verse finds punctuation in a tasteful punchy chorus (“No Notifications”). The album also contains no fewer than three truly great guitar solos, including one from Meg Duffy’s Hand Habits on “Rollin’ Back The Dial”.
released March 22, 2019
"Rolling Back The Dial" featuring Meg Duffy on Guitar (Hand Habits)
Mixed by Jarvis Taveniere,
Mastered by Mikey Young
A fascinating document of a band finding its groove. It's got a drier sound and is rougher around the edges than "FOD", and some of these tracks feel more like experimental studies in rhythm/texture than proper songs. "Sunbeat" is especially weird, and I love them for it. Steven Moses