darsombra is the one-man vehicle of Baltimore’s Brian Daniloski, who piles layers of guitar and bass distortion on top of each other to build waves of drone that shift, at about the same pace a glacier moves, from ambient gloom to haunting beauty.
Pink Floyd, Live at Pompeii (Universal, 1972)
Not an album proper but a film of a concert. This is the last phase of the band’s “sonic landscape” part of their career before they refined their sound to the more concise pop format that resulted in the mega-successful The Dark Side of the Moon. All of their long-time freak-out concert staples of that era, like “Careful With That Axe, Eugene” and “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun,” are in top psychedelic form. Heady stuff.
Butthole Surfers, Locus Abortion Technician (Touch and Go, 1987)
A psychotic, psychedelic mind-fuck only topped by their live show at the time. “And by the way, if you see your mom this weekend would you be sure and tell her Satan! Satan! Satan!”
Gyorgy Ligeti, The Ligeti Project (Teldec, 2001)
I really enjoy the complex, dense, and often dark layers of sound on some of these compositions. A very challenging listen and a good overview his work.
Black Sabbath, Black Sabbath (Warner Bros., 1970)
Bringing the heavy and dark since 1970. Always good to rock out to.
The Beatles, The Beatles (Apple, 1968)
At two discs, it’s got a little bit of everything about the Beatles. One of my all-time favorites.
photo by JR Fritsch