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The Darcys - Hymn for a Missing Girl - 12

Hymn for a Missing Girl - 12" EP
Arts and Crafts - 2014


Michael Panontin
The Darcys latest piece of wax finds the band's fascination with all things seventies - their dystopian rethread of the Dan's Aja was a delight a couple of years back - taken to its inevitable extreme, in this case a side-long prog workout. Originally inspired by Cormac McCarthy's Cities of the Plain, the 21-minute-plus 'Hymn for a Missing Girl' was recorded in a barn at Knowles Farm in the Grey Highlands, Ontario during the summer of 2013. This meandering monster of a tune, something the band describe as "an experiment in creating sound that reflects emotion", manages to check off all the boxes of that oft-maligned genre, from the pretentious choral intro to the caustic guitars and throbbing krautrock all the way to its near-interminable denouement. And for the most part, it all seems to work, though I'm guessing the irony here is that the vinyl-obsessives may rue that tactile experience after tiring of lifting the needle over the boring bits. A one-sided 12" pressing of Hymn for a Missing Girl was issued for Record Store Day 2014. This one was limited to just 500 copies, so you had better get moving if you want to get your hands on one of these.
         


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