DarkBlueWorld's epic sound has been noted for its paradoxical
nature, simultaneously hypnotic and sullen: "blending disturbing
lyrics with beautiful melodies... breathing sadness and celebration in
the same breath", at times "a thrilling noise assault of feedback
and percussion" [CokeMachineGlow]. Their unique "alchemical
magic" is completed by Elizabeth's "lushly dismal narratives",
ranging harmonically from "a macabre growl to a keening shriek"
with "superior range and color" conveyed by her "cigarette-rough
voice" [JunkMedia]. This is DarkBlueWorlds second release on
singer/poet Elizabeth Fischer's essential vehicle for
her collaborations with noted Canadian musicians. Drawing on Fischers
texts, expressive vocal style and the wide ranging musical influences
the members bring to the group, DarkBlueWorld creates and perform material
that is emotionally layered, often acerbic or darkly satirical, with subtly
complex harmonic and rhythmic structures - individualized, intelligent
expressions intended to communicate the complexities of human experience
in sophisticated yet accessible song formats.
All the members of the group are established artists in their own right;
a recognized vocalist, composer and lyricist, Elizabeth Fischer is the
former leader of the Animal Slaves, a seminal Canadian alternative art-rock
band in the 80s. She has recorded and performed with noted international
musicians, has performed Hungarian songs and French chansons, and continues
to explore the music of Brecht/Weill and Hans Eisler in a number of contexts.
She also creates all of the group's visual material. Gord Grdina,
a prolific composer and arranger who also leads his own ensembles, has
a deeply lyrical approach to music. He has a keen ear for unusual textures
and an eclectic approach to music making which complements Fischers
musical sensibilities. Tommy Babin has a particular affinity
for creative music and Chad MacQuarries expressionistic,
aggressive sound compliments Fischers darker, edgier material. Bernie
Arai is a respected drummer and composer with many international
appearances to his credit
"Nina Simone fronting Yeah Yeah Yeahs by way of a Mike Patton project.
That gives a sense of Elizabeth Fischer's Brecht/punk. Dense, slithering
backing by some of Canada's top creative improvisors make it hit like
a freaking art bomb." The Province (****stars)
"This is poetic, punky, desperado
rock... Like the Carpenters if they'd been influenced by the darker drugs;..."
- Foxy Digitalis
"......the aural equivalent
of the film Blue Velvet. Inventive, original and dissonantly beautiful."
- Progression Magazine
Fischer's dark-delivery voice, an
amalgam of Nina Simone, David Bowie and Annie Lennox, rivets you to every
word, and the musical arrangements by her core band -- guitarists Gord
Grdina and Chad Macquarrie, bassist Tommy Babin and drummer Bernie Arai,
plus guests -- rivet you to every note. - The Vancouver
"It takes a special gift to make dismal
enchanting. DarkBlueWorld do it brilliantly." - Exclaim!
... they breathe sadness and celebration in the same breath because
they own that paradox, all while retaining status as pop through their
brilliant narratives and insularly intricate musicianship... - CokeMachineGlow
Review: The Vancouver Sun
Review: Foxy Digitalis
Review: Progression Magazine
Review: Reflections of Darkness
Review: The Georgia Straight
Review: Luna Kafe