Darwin releases his new video for the track titled ‘Unkind Lover’. Haunting in its own right, the song gets an almost Tim Burton level boost in the visuals with a dark and delightfully twisted video based on ‘Some Places Worth Leaving’ by Dani Burlison. Filled with memorable visuals, ‘Unkind Lover’ matches the track note for note with visual punctuation meant for the cinema.
Darwin (full name Darwin Meiners) makes alternative pop with a dark, electronic feel. While rooted in the 80s, his music straddles several genres simultaneously, assimilating new ideas, processes, and instrumentation into his work.
“I was asked to make the music for a spoken word video written by my friend, Dani Burlison. She had recently released a book of short stories called ‘Some Places Worth Leaving’. I love adding music to film and was especially moved given Dani’s talent. The short story is called ‘Shark Week’ and features a character known only as of the Unkind Lover. When I saw the final video, it struck me that it would be exciting to develop the music into a song,” says Darwin.
After getting Dani’s permission, the first person I contacted was Julian Shah-Tayler and told him the plan. It was an inspiring song to work on sonically, but also writing in character – which I’ve grown to love. My friend Dustin Heald is a master at getting his guitar to make a wonderful noise. He was enlisted to do just that. The final piece was the addition of David J (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets) on harmonica. Having been in a band with him for many years (David J & The Gentleman Thieves), I had gotten used to the sound of that instrument and I knew he would be perfect to put that final touch on it.”
This new offering follows Darwin’s latest single ‘Dance Alone’, a synthtastic explosion of energy attesting to the strength of human spirit with a fun self-isolation-inspired video directed by Linda Strawberry, featuring dance clips sent in by people sheltering in place.
In February 2020, Darwin also released his ‘We Are Matter’ EP on the trail of 2019’s ‘So Few Comets’ LP, an album involving contributions by David J (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets), Victor DeLorenzo (Violent Femmes), Brian Liesegang (Nine Inch Nails, Filter, Billy Corgan) and Kerry Brown (Smashing Pumpkins).
Informed via ethereal introspection, Darwin’s music takes the listener on a sonic voyage that blurs the boundaries between nostalgia and the future. His stunning electronically-driven arrangements that are often complemented with visual art projections that reflect the signs of our times and remind us how rare beauty can be. His work commands attention.
The cover artwork is by Mark Gleason. “He had recently finished a painting that perfectly matches the song. I was able to get his permission, as well as the gentleman who had recently purchased the painting, to use it as the cover art. I love this tune and think everyone involved did a fantastic job. It was a real collaboration,” says Darwin.