A band name like Darkness Falls can evoke several things: a horror movie or perhaps a hardcore metal group. As such, it’s surprising to discover the stunning, mellow, even folky tones of the duo behind the moniker.
This Darkness Falls is comprised of the calm two-some Josephine Philip and Ina Lindgreen. Both from Copenhagen, these ladies formed the group in 2009 and are here to show it takes no more than two to make a complete rock band. Both contribute vocals, while Philip plays keyboards and Lindreen rocks both guitar and bass. Their self-titled EP garnered attention last March with the help of renowned producer Andres Trentemøller, who discovered them. Could Denmark be the new Sweden for quirky pop? Philip and Lindgreen pottered along their own paths, exploring the music scene separately before meeting each other. Philip performed with band JaConfetti with Ane Trolle, while Lindgreen had been making her way on the music scene for a decade when she joined all-girl, ska group Favelic and met Philip.
Their sound hops between the realms of dark pop à la The Jesus and Mary Chain and 60s indie-folk. Imagine if Cat Power had two Danish sisters who grew up listening to Serge Gainsbourg and Joy Division, but still appreciated the psychedelic bliss of the 1960s and ‘hey presto’ you have Darkness Falls! They toy with musical tones; a tambourine becomes terrifying rather than joyful and a remix adds tension instead of uplifting dance beats. They combine the sounds of several eras through thoroughly modern tunes, creating a vibe that feels melancholic and moving.
i-D online recently hit the road with the D.F. dames to document their travels, while the pair whipped-up a mixtape. Lend us your ears ladies and gents… i-Ntroducing: Darkness Falls!
Darkness Falls’ debut album Alive in Us is available now.
Text: Lily Avnet