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After the release of their debut 12" in the summer of 2021, DARK MARK VS SKELETON JOE (Featuring Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees and Joe Cardamone of The Icarus Line) released the official epic full-length October 15, 2021 via Rare Bird/Kitten Robot Records on digital and streaming platforms, and the 2xLP vinyl edition (available for preorder now) will ship as available in 2022 and include an immediate download code that is emailed to vinyl customers on preorder.
"I do think the death disco label we've been given could apply to portions of the material. Only half the record lives in that territory though," explains Cardamone. "There’s a lot of material that is nostalgic ambient. I always thought the record functioned on a day to night level. The hard songs are for when the sun is gone and the cuts without percussion are for the day after the primal beating."
The night portion of Joe's analogy is perfectly represented in opening track "Livin Dead," which immediately starts off with eerie, blaring synths before pulsating drums and arresting vocals kick in. The track is truly hypnotic and sounds like it could be right at home in a John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) movie. Other tracks on the record that capture this soundscape include "No Justice," which fits in line with the goth midnight dance floor, the slow-burning "Turning In Reverse," and the chaotic "Sanctified."
In contrast to the more eerie tracks and a showcase of the previously mentioned ambient nostalgia, are tracks such as the spare "Lost Animals," relying on Lanegan's vocals and minimal synth, the church organ infused "Hiraeth," and the trip-hop esque "Cold Summer." These tracks showcase the range of emotions and moods DMvSJ are able to capture on this expirmental, electronic journey.
“We were originally intending to release it earlier, but with the pandemic and other things going on in the world, it just hadn't seemed appropriate," adds Lanegan. "Now, we both feel more comfortable creeping this material into the open."