Last year, the Canadian quartet, the Darcys released Warring, the third album of a related trilogy, and the album gained quite a bit of attention across the blogosphere for it’s heady meshing of art rock, indie rock, jazz, pop, R&B and electronica, among others. In fact, as a result, the band was nominated for a Juno Award (which is the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys for those who are unfamiliar).
The Canadian quartet has followed their successful third album with a 22 minute instrumental composition heavily influenced by Cormac McCarthy‘s Cities Of The Plain, titled “Hymn for a Missing Girl,” just in time for Record Store Day. The composition starts off with swirling and soaring electronics and distorted vocal harmonies that create the sense of hearing a hymn in a large room before you begin to hear the distant ringing chimes of guitar and fuzzy feedback and dissonance. And then sudden silence – a sort of apocalyptic silence that’s broken by pulsating synths and industrial sounds. In some way, the composition seems to be the soundtrack of the inevitable and horrifying end of civilization as we know it.