If there's one thing I find reassurance in within the midst of a depressing world, it's the nerdery of Darcy James Argue. The man can go in hard about coffee, about bagels, about politics, about the music industry, about every nut and bolt necessary to compose his music. On his latest release with his big band, Secret Society, out now on New Amsterdam Records called Real Enemies, Argue applies his nerdery to conspiracy theories.
Our favorite big band is back at it. After a three year hiatus, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society is set to release their third album a week from today, once again on New Amsterdam Records. The LP entitled Real Enemies centers around America’s fascination with conspiracy theories. More on that at a later date. In the meantime, check out the newest single from the record, a song called “Dark Alliance”, for a taste of things to come.
Bandleader/composer Darcy James Argue's latest album, 2013's Brooklyn Babylon, was an impressive album, melding his ornate sense of big band songwriting with narrative elements to bring the work of Danijel Zezelj to life. Now, Argue has gussied up the sheet music so it actually looks presentable and has made all 277 pages of the score available for free at the sheet music section of the Secret Society website. Getting the chance to plumb the depths of this work is a pretty cool move, especially when Argue took the time to edit all this music for us. That's definitely worth a tax-deductable donation. Just saying. Check out the album's score and more at DJA's Secret Society site and spin Brooklyn Babylon one more time after the jump.
Canadian-born and Brooklyn-based arranger/composer Darcy James Argue certainly took his dear sweet time to follow-up his fantastic 2009 debut Infernal Machines. When he at last released Brooklyn Babylon last year, that delay made a little more sense. A multi-media experience combining animation, live painting and a new 18-part suite performed by the Secret Society, it featured the scope of a project that seemed four years in the making. It also left some (well, mostly me) worried that after such a massive project, it’d be another half-decade before we heard anything new from the meticulous composer.
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society's new album, Brooklyn Babylon, is out April 30th on New Amsterdam Records and it's a doozy. The collaboration with artist Danijel Zezelj certainly lives up to the sprawling narrative sound we've all heard so much about. This truly is an impressive album and the next logical step for Argue's band.