From The Desk Of I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness: Jackson C. Frank

“There was no sense of urgency, no real plan to finish this album,” says Chris Goyer, lead singer of I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness, a band that’s taken eight years to follow-up Fear Is On Our Side. With titles like “You Are Dead To Me” and “The Sun Burns Out,” Dust picks up exactly where Fear left off, piling dark atmospherics on top of pained, brooding, impenetrable lyrics about whatever happened to be on Goyer’s mind when the tape started rolling. If it sounds heavy, that’s because Ministry’s Paul Barker produced the album, just like the one before. If it occasionally sounds lighter, that’s because the rest of the band members—Daniel Del Favero, Ed Robert, Ernest Salaz and Tim White—haven’t lost their fondness for modular synths, chorus pedals and looping guitar arpeggios. ILYBICD will be guest editing all week. Read our recent feature on them.


White: Jackson C. Frank‘s story and music have impacted me for some time now. I’m not a huge folk fan, but I find myself coming back to “Blues Run The Game” in the winter months year after year. Although the music stands on its own, the biography of Frank is nuts. He started playing guitar to pass time after he was badly injured in a school fire. After a brief success, he ended up penniless and even homeless on the streets of New York. Worth a listen.

The first couple verses of “Mystery”:
“Lacy golden promises
you made while I was young
Later briars and brambles
set me on the run
Just the sound in the dust
Dry boots led me on
to the place where unknown serpents
curled and fled the dawn”

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