Dark Arc

Dark Arc

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Columbus, Ohio's Saintseneca began as a unit that distilled and expanded upon the inspiration of the folk sounds from the Appalachian range: the place songwriter, frontman, and lone original member Zac Little hails from. However, through extensive D.I.Y. touring, two previous EPs, and a full-length (2013's acclaimed Last), they've gelled into a band whose sound equals all the places they've been, rather than merely the culmination of where Little is from. Dark Arc, Saintseneca's debut for Anti, was produced by Mike Mogis. Despite its primary use of layered harmonies and acoustic instruments -- guitars, mandolins, banjos, dulcimer, baglama, drums, saw, and other hand percussion -- they also employ organs, synthesizers, pedal steel, electric guitars, samples, etc. whenever necessary. They are no longer the folk band whose charm lies in homemade sensibilities and execution, but a rock group whose approach embraces neo-psychedelia, folk, and indie pop. There are post-punk influences here, too: check the unabashed use of the Cure on "Happy Alone." Little's songs are catchy musically. Some of the finer moments here include "Daendors," with its bright balalaikas, dulcimer, acoustic guitar, low-end drums, handclaps, and soaring harmonies (courtesy of bandmates Maryn Jones, Steve Ciolek, and Glenn Davis). It is, despite a melancholy lyric, as bright and intoxicating as sunshine after a long winter. "Takmit," with its barn-dancing foot stomps, handclaps, 12-string guitar, and bulbul, fuels an intimate love song. The tender, strange, and compelling title cut features group instrumentation tastefully colored by warm reverb and elegantly layered vocal harmonies in a lilting, yet off-kilter cadence that moves to and fro until it all erupts in a psychedelic country sprint. This is the band's first fully realized outing and points toward new directions.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/01/2014
Label: Anti
UPC: 0045778729326
catalogNumber: 87293
Rank: 145027

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Saintseneca   Primary Artist
Glenn Davis   Synthesizer,Percussion,Vocals,Sampling
Steve Jacobs   Acoustic Guitar
Luke Smith   Piano
Mike Mogis   Synthesizer,Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Mellotron
Jon Washington   Drums,Hand Clapping,Foot Stomping
Matthew Evans   Percussion
Steve Ciolek   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Foot Stomping
Zac Little   Organ,Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Percussion,Autoharp,Balalaika,Electric Guitar,Harp,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Noise,Baglama,Classical Guitar,Hand Clapping,Acoustic Bass,Foot Stomping,Tack Piano,Bowed Banjo,Singing Saw,Baritone Ukulele
Matthew O'Conke   Drums,Timpani
Maryn Jones   Dulcimer,Bass,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Foot Stomping,Baritone Ukulele
Leslie Shimizu   Flute,Piano,Hand Clapping,Foot Stomping
Jon Meador   Percussion,Cello,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Foot Stomping,Tack Piano
Brenden Seidel   Lap Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Mike Mogis   Producer,Engineer
Glenn Davis   Producer,Engineer
Saintseneca   Composer
Zac Little   Composer

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