Darkness Falls Alive in Us

Darkness Falls Alive in Us
The '60s girl-group-revival-thing has been done before ― almost to death. That's why it's easy to feel prematurely turned-off by the music of Darkness Falls. But a single uninterrupted listen to Alive in Us can quickly change such preconceptions. Songs like the moody, broody "Noise on the Line" and spy dramedy "Night Will Be Dawn" place the Copenhagen duo into a wholly different category than the Pipettes and the Long Blondes. As they were busy copping Phil Spector, Darkness Falls were more interested in the females standing in front of his wall of sound. Capturing the naked yearning of Dusty Springfield and the nude sexiness of Jane Birkin, songs like the haunted "Josephine" and cheeky "Before the Light Takes Us" contain little "show" and plenty of "tell." Produced by prog house wiz-kid Trentemøller, much of Alive in Us is shrewdly peppered with warbling electronics, proving that Darkness Falls, much like St. Vincent, often search for musical inspiration below the surface. (Fake Diamond)