DARK FOR DARK
The songs Rebecca Zolkower wrote for All Dressed, the new EP/album from Halifax’s premier folk-pop vocal group Dark For Dark, are coded with uncertainties: “maybe”s pebble the beautifully haunting Blue Morning; on opener The Orchard a walk that is meant to “heal” offers “no cure”; on The Roof there’s an attempt “to prove/ all the science and the truth of sorrow”. These are small clues beneath the surface. They exist in exciting contrast to the confidence of the finished album, reminders of an earlier, lonelier season, like winter boots left by the door until summer.
The members of Dark For Dark are deeply immersed in the Halifax music scene: Jess Lewis performs as Cactus Flower, and as a member of Wet Denim and Escape Tapes; Melanie Stone is a member of The Heavy Blinkers; Rebecca Zolkower, as a member of Prospector’s Union and Dance Movie. Warboats, Dark For Dark’s 2013 debut, with its many contributions from peers and collaborators, warmly reflected this community spirit.
Dark For Dark has performed as part of the Halifax Pop Explosion, Lawnya Vawnya (St. John’s, NL), In The Dead Of Winter, Summer’s End Folk Festival (Grand Manan, NB), and Stereophonic (Sackville, NB); they have opened for Jennifer Castle, Doug Paisley, and The Weather Station and have become well loved in their hometown of Halifax. With their new album, Dark For Dark are dressed for bigger stages and bold journeys.