words by tom johnson
Written in the early morning quietness during a particularly heavy period of personal strife and change, The Domestics new record, Little Darkness, is proof that creativity can continue in flourish in even the most difficult situations. Still centred around the talents of Leo London and Michael Finn, the new record was sketched out during a relentless tour with Blitzen Trapper back in 2015, and then fleshed-out within the sanctity of Leo London’s own home – before finally being produced by Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, Modest Mouse) – the new album is both a carefully considered document of that time and a stream-of-consciousness reflection of it.
Released on September 1st, the record arrives in to the world today via its brooding and sometimes brash title-track; a riveting four-minutes or so that leaps between spacious vocal refrains and something altogether more urgent and wholesome. “Trying hard to remember / Trying hard to forget her” they sing, while the instrumentation dances around them like the most faithful of companions, keeping the whole thing moving forward in a nuanced but wonderfully compelling dance. Check it out below right now.