The concept of the Dark Island is metaphorical: When you're at the end of your life, taking stock of it, what will you think about? No matter what you land on, good or bad, that island is yours - the dark surely looms, but it also covers all you've ever experienced. For the folk-rock quartet Villages, the concept is also literal: Hailing from Cape Breton Island, on the farthest flung northeastern corner of Nova Scotia-itself already flung far - and jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, it's a lush landscape of great complicated beauty, it's rocky coast covered in sea salt and leaning defiantly into harsh winds. On it's new full-length, Dark Island, Villages marries metaphor to roots on 11 tracks that offer an experience meant to echo a visit to Cape Breton itself: Otherworldly, euphoric, sobering, celebratory, and reverent. The band - Matt Ellis, Travis Ellis, Jon Pearo, Archie Rankin - tapped the JUNO-winning composer and soundscapist Joshua Van Tassel (David Myles, Great Lake Swimmers, Fortunate Ones) as producer, stepping into Joel Plaskett's Fang Recording for a whirlwind eight days. Van Tassel directed the band to play the songs fully live off the floor (three takes max) capturing the boisterous energy of Villages' live performances and making the album a series of present moments strung together.

  • Disc 1
    1. Wearing Through the Pine 03:26
    2. Love Will Live on 04:08
    3. Easy When You Know How 03:04
    4. Dawnless Nights 04:07
    5. Lost Again 02:54
    6. Willow 03:52
    7. Flower of the Morning 02:56
    8. Play the Fiddle All Night 03:19
    9. Pink ; Grey 02:48
    10. Mother 04:29
    11. Rocks in the Field 03:35

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  • SKN: 108992
  • ID: 247CBAC4
  • UPC: 833386001770
  • MFR Number: 2 01770
  • Ship to Quebec: Yes
  • Language: English

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  • Item Height: 0.36 inches
  • Item Length: 5.69 inches
  • Item Weight: 0.09 lbs
  • Item Width: 4.99 inches

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Villages - Dark Island

SKN: 108992

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