Aquarium Drunkard premiered the track yesterday describing it as, “noir, lived in, caustic and not entirely of this time.” Meanwhile, NPR’s All Songs Considered featured the song on the show with host Robin Hilton saying, “on this new record, JOLIE HOLLAND takes her sound and turns it upside down…all I can say is strap yourself in. It’s nice to see her go big.”
A stomping, polyrhythmic rocker, “Dark Days” is the centerpiece of Wine Dark Sea. JOLIE cites the Georgia Sea Island Singers, “Adam In The Garden” and John Coltrane's “A Love Supreme” as initial inspiration for the track, especially the rhythmic elements. The melody carries the blues, and references nihilistic South Louisiana Creole songs.
The presentation, however, is full on blistering guitar driven rock and roll (a la Velvet Underground or Grinderman) that will be shocking to some of JOLIE's longtime fans but not surprising to those who admire her for her edge and fearless sense of improvisation. This track, produced by HOLLAND with the assistance of Douglas Jenkins, skirts the line between noise rock, free jazz and swamp blues with assured audacity.
“Dark Days” was written by JOLIE in Brooklyn during hurricane Sandy when the subways were filling up with salt water. As a New York resident from the Gulf Coast, she said it was deeply upsetting to witness the destruction, but that it was also eerily homey. Like seeing a bad old friend get out of jail. Ms. HOLLAND says this about the lyrics: "it is a concrete reenactment, almost like a play about the present experience of a broken heart; “It’s not a song About anything-- it is a present demonstration and embodiment of an experience of loss. It’s not analytical".
JOLIE will be performing “Dark Days” and other songs from Wine Dark Sea at her residency at Brooklyn’s, Union Pool on April 29, May 6 and May 13.
JOLIE HOLLAND Tour Dates
April 29, 2014 Union Pool Brooklyn, NY
May 6, 2014 Union Pool Brooklyn, NY
May 13, 2014 Union Pool Brooklyn, NY
June 10, 2014 The Echo Los Angeles, CA
June 11, 2014 The Independent San Francisco, CA
June 14, 2014 Star Theater Portland, OR
June 15, 2014 The Crocodile Seattle, WA
June 21, 2014 Milkboy Philadelphia, PA
June 22, 2014 Rock and Roll Hotel Washington, DC
June 24, 2104 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
June 25, 2014 Brighton Music Hall Allston, MA
June 26, 2014 Higher Ground – Lounge South Burlington, VT
August 1, 2014 Pickathon Happy Valley, OR
August 2, 2014 Pickathon Happy Valley, OR
August 3, 2014 Pickathon Happy Valley, OR