Darkness at Noon

Darkness at Noon

by A Hawk and a HacksawA Hawk and a Hacksaw


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On his second release as A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeremy Barnes continues to play the antique card, now focusing on the "ompah" accordion sound of an 18th century European village, as opposed to the Reconstruction-era American village of his previous effort. Of course, just because Barnes evokes a certain time and place doesn't mean his hectic musical ear stays in that one place, hence the squeezebox that morphs into a battery of bagpipes on the highly cinematic opener, "Laughter in the Dark." There's also room for a prideful horn that echoes the work of Ennio Morricone and the constant pitter-patter of castanets and marching snares that ensure that the solemn moments like "For Slavoj" and "Europa" don't stay that way for too long. The other notable change from the self-titled debut is the absence of digital interference. On the first album, Barnes threw his vintage sounds into a modern wormhole with much sampler stutter. On Darkness at Noon, he keeps the computerization well in the back, invisible to the ears. Or perhaps the ten-deep list of musicians on the CD sleeve means it was a full battalion of players tapping, blowing, squeezing, and strumming away all at once. Imagine that.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/05/2005
Label: Leaf
UPC: 0843190000173
catalogNumber: 43
Rank: 141680

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hawk and a Hacksaw   Primary Artist
Joseph Garcia   Oud
Jeremy Barnes   Percussion,Piano,Accordion,Jew's Harp,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Piano (Grand),Cumbus,Piano (Upright),Hammond B3
Dan Clucas   Trumpet,Cornet
Kristin Kelly   Vocals
Heather Trost   Violin,Vocals
Mitch Marzec   Vocals
Jackson   Vocals
Mark Weaver   Tuba
Horacio Samaniego   Flute
Sheila Barnes   Harp
Barbara Burgio   Vocals
Kristen Kelly   Vocals

Technical Credits

Derroll Adams   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Jeremy Barnes   Composer

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