This Friday, Germany’s iconic neofolk act Darkwood will be stepping on U.S. soil for the first time in order to perform in Madison, Wisconsin with Kinit Her and Black Light. This initial date will be the beginning of a string of live events that will take the band through Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, and finally New York City. In celebration of this occasion, Brave Mysteries have released a cassette detailing a collection of tracks that span the project’s career, some of which are exclusive to this release. Featured here is an alternate version of “Deutsch Sonnwend,” the original of which was featured in 1999 on In the Fields—the debut release from the band’s own imprint, Heidenvolk.
Stream “Deutsch Sonnwend”:
From the Label:
The gentle and majestic folk stylings of the band Darkwood are already familiar to most of our patrons. Since 1999, the Dresden-based act have accomplished a steady stream of albums which have garnered high praise in the neofolk and post-industrial underground. Under the direction of singer-songwriter Henryk Vogel, Darkwood has created a consistent, disciplined, and exquisite repertoire. Mainly built up around the soft acoustic guitar strums and evocative voice of Herr Vogel, the Darkwood sound is often augmented by subtle accordion, violin, cello, flute, vocal harmonies, and percussive arrangements. While primarily occupying the classic and well-worn Germanic campfire sound, Darkwood periodically frequent the realms of martial fantasy while maintaining their signature atmosphere of serene stateliness. Brave Mysteries are very pleased with this opportunity to present these recordings as they are both nostalgic and timeless, finding tranquility in conflict while waging a peaceful innocence in an age of disruptive modernity. Featuring songs from throughout their career, this collection can be seen as both a retrospective and a rarities compilation. Many tracks on display are alternate mixes and unreleased versions appearing here for the very first time. This tape is limited to 200 copies, and it has been specially manufactured to support the rare live appearances of Darkwood on their first U.S. tour in the spring of 2015.