This Friday brings the release of the new ‘Dark Day Afternoon‘ EP from NYC-based rap / hiphop pop-rock chameleon Timothy Dark has announced his forthcoming EP. Several weeks ago, Dark announced this four-track offering while giving listeners an advance listen to one of the featured tracks – ‘She Put a Spell on Me’.
Across the four tracks on offer, Dark demonstrates his diversity and unwillingness to be pigeon-holed, jumping between genres and even vocal ranges. Teaming up with Nellie McKay and Angie Atkinson was a great idea – their delivery is convincing and their voices play off against each other well, but the real gem of this EP is ‘Last Days’, somewhat reminiscent of Lupe Fiasco crossed with K’naan and Snoop Dog.
Co-produced by Robb Torres and Timothy Dark for Darkseed Entertainment at Quartier General Studios in Los Angeles, this EP comes on the trail of his long-play ‘The Last Days of Dark’. That particular album was produced by longtime collaborator Dan “The Band’ Policar (Sean Paul, Raekwon The Chef).
Photo by Kristina Schroeder
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Dark’s expansive artistry encompasses politically charged hip-hop, buttery R&B, grimy rock, street savvy poetry, literature, non-dogmatic spirituality, and singer-songwriter style emotional intimacy. Previously described as “Michael Jackson’s band meets Inspectah Deck of WuTang meets the energy from Queens that made the Ramona’s play fast”, Timothy Dark’s music is rich, diverse and unpredictable.
“The new ‘Dark Day Afternoon’ EP pulls ample inspiration from Billy Idol, Michael Jackson, Prince, David Bowie, Tears for Fears, The Cars and Elvis Presley. I spent years listening to their music, originally for sampling purposes. But I became a fan and couldn’t stop listening and learning from them all,” says Dark.
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“Most people don’t know I have written pop songs for years. I just never released many of them because I loved rapping so much. But now that I have a band, it’s time to dig out the pop and alternative songs and let the world hear them. It’s time to let people know that I’m not just a rapper; I’m an all around songwriter. This EP is the beginning of all of that.”
Born in Harlem, Timothy Dark was raised in East Elmhurst, Queens and the South Bronx before the streets were sanitized. He learned how to survive amidst the violence and corruption of hard times New York. One of his most formative moments was his mother boldly placing him onstage during a James Brown concert and the Godfather of Soul shaking his hand. It has become a symbolic gesture on many levels with the feeling like, in that handshake, James Brown transferred an electricity that courses through Timothy to this day.
The emergence of hip-hop as an art form became a way to observe and experience street life and turn it into something special as a solo artist and as a member of rap crews. He’s opened for Nas, Black Rob, and immersed himself in New York City’s thriving Antifolk scene, collaborating with such talents as Nellie Mckay and Nicole Atkins.
‘Dark Day Afternoon’ will be available on March 30 across digital stores and streaming platforms. Timothy Dark and The Indestructible Characters launch the EP that night at New York’s DROM (85 Avenue A), along with Liz Rees and Miss Represent. Their next show scheduled for April 14 with American Anymen, Phoebe Blue, Dolltits and Clinical Trials at Search Party Studios (71 Wave Avenue, Staten Island).
LIVE DATES (as Timothy Dark and The Indestructible Characters)
March 30 New York – Album release show at DROM (85 Avenue A) with Liz Rees and Miss Represent
April 14 New York – Search Party Studios (71 Wave Avenue, Staten Island) with American Anymen, Phoebe Blue, Dolltits, Clinical Trials
1 That Look (The Skin I’m In) feat Nellie McKay
2 Last Days
3 She Put A Spell On Me feat. Angie Atkinson
Feature photo by Kristina Schroeder
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