After enduring crushing sorrow, loss, and personal grief, The Darling Fire will return with its sophomore release, “Distortions,” on Sept. 16, 2022, via Iodine Recordings. Pre-order it here.
The album is a dark and pensive journey comprising 10 tracks that encapsulate beauty and pain, combining elements of shoegaze, post-hardcore and metal. Ethereal, almost ghostly female vocals float above a pounding wall of sound. The end result is an album that is bleak, somber and enchanting.
The band has shared the new song “Machina.” Listen below.
Fans will find “Distortions” to be a significant departure from the band’s previous LP, “Dark Celebration.” The new material is abrasive, gloomy and brooding. There’s also a more potent metallic influence. The band felt that the new, aggressive direction more accurately portrayed the sadness, rage and pain they felt and that it balanced the hypnotizing softness of Jolie Lindholm’s vocals.
“It felt like a natural evolution for us to go in this direction— o create more movement …” Lindholm said.
The members of The Darling Fire previously played with Shai Hulud, Further Seems Forever, The Rocking Horse Winner, As Friends Rust and Strongarm. They worked with producer Jay Maas (Defeater, Title Fight, Bane) in the studio.
The album reverberates with a look at what’s real and what might … not be real.
“I’ve had very specific dreams and nightmares throughout my life that I still remember very vividly,” Lindholm said. “A dream can blur the line between what is and isn’t real. At times, we may wake from a good dream and want to fall back into it; or, we tell ourselves to wake from a nightmare, only to realize what’s happening on this plane is stranger than the one we just left.”
The Darling Fire will appear at Furnace Fest in September.
“Distortions” track listing:
“Heart Will Stop”