MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of The Domestics’ “For The Last Time,” From Their Upcoming “Little Darkness”

On September 1, Tender Loving Empire will issue the sophomore album by The Domestics. For the 11-track Little Darkness, the Portland duo—Michael Finn and Leo London—collaborated with hometown producer Tucker Martine (Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, Decemberists); Finn and Martine have also worked together on records by the likes of Neko Case/k.d. lang/Laura Veirs, Bill Frisell and Darlene Love at Martine’s Flora Recording studio. One of the standout tracks on Little Darkness is “For The Last Time.” Says London of the song, “I wrote ‘For The Last Time’ driving home from work. I was just singing the lines as I made them up, literally tailgating cars, trying to get home and record it while I could remember the melody. The song was all verse, but I had this funny song I used to sing a friend who told me about a time she got high with her dad at a Destiny’s Child show. So I put it into the mix as the hypothetical song the character is referring to. The song’s about the emptiness of a long work week and a disappointing check. Love is out of reach, and the only thing that sounds good is getting loaded. And then the dread of how it will all be exactly the same after the weekend. Rinse, wash and repeat. It’s in A major, which seems like a funny key for a pop song.” We are proud to premiere “For The Last Time” today on Check it out below.