Little Darkness, the second full-length LP from up and coming Portland, OR-based group The Domestics, is out September 1 on Tender Loving Empire. Produced by Tucker Martine (Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, Laura Veirs), the album was crafted by Leo London and Michael Finn in the wake of a pair of failed relationships following the bands extensive 2015 U.S. tour with Blitzen Trapper. Pre-order Little Darkness at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/littledarkness.
Finn, who works with Martine as an engineer at Portlands Flora Recording, teamed with the critically acclaimed producer on the new album to create a sound distinct from the more organic, acoustic feel for which Martine has come to be known. Experimenting with a plethora of effects and found sounds such as crowd noise, hissing toy robots and chains dropping on a studio floor, the group would routinely spend upwards of 16 hours a day working in the studio while recording. It felt like the culmination of the past five years spent working with Tucker, having built that rapport and aligning our workflow the way we have, and then getting to apply all that to these songs of Leos that we had developed such high expectations for, explains Finn. Its the most rewarding process Ive ever been apart of.
U.K.-based website Gold Flake Paint recently premiered the albums title track, calling it a brooding and sometimes brash title track; a riveting four minutes or so that leaps between spacious vocal refrains and something altogether more urgent. Stream the song at http://bit.ly/2t7bCE1 and share it at http://bit.ly/2v4VDb3.
Centered around the songwriting of London and Finn, The Domestics are rounded out by band members Kyle Moderhak (drums), Matt Moore (bass) and Brad Norton (keys). The bands self-titled debut album landed them on SPINs Artists to Watch list, while the record also garnered extensive critical acclaim from Paste, Nerdist, FLOOD, PopMatters and many more, as well as throughout the groups hometown publications including Portland Monthly, Willamette Week and The Portland Mercury. The Domestics songs have appeared in HBOs Vice Principals and ABCs Secrets and Lies and Quantico.