Article by: Pete Nema
Dark Mean follows up their 2009 free EP, Frakencottage, with a second free four-song EP entitled Music Box.
About 10 months ago, Hamilton-based based Dark Mean released the first EP in a series of three. At the time, the band stated that "the three installments will be revealed over the next year and a half, and will be compiled onto our first full length recording, The Constant K Determines the Ultimate Fate of the Universe, which namesake we have taken from the play that is responsible for our existence, as Dark Mean’s initial purpose was to write and perform the soundtrack to said play." Looks like they're basically on schedule, despite the challenges created by some of the members moving to different continents.
The first four songs were definitely interesting enough to pay attention, and these next four flow almost exactly as expected. All eight songs can be acquired for the price of an email address (for Frankencottage, payment requested but not required), and have more than a few cool moments of indie-folk-pop. As far as I can tell, this is a band that doesn't play live — this is a project that is simply leading up to the stated goal. In the meantime, we get to enjoy the fruits of their labour, even if only when at home. I recommend listening to the eight songs in the order they were delivered.
Music Box EP track listing:
- Music Box
- Piano & Beat
- Dark Banjo
Actually, thinking back, one of the things that got me interested in Dark Mean was the personification of a phone in the music video they created for the song "Frankencottage".