Dear Darkness is myself, Stacey MacLeod, on vocals and guitar and Samantha Linn on drums. Samantha
We’ve always made music together as we grew up in the same family. Dark Willow is a project we started this year after the break up of our previous band Drop Out Venus. We met ourselves through playing music together since childhood.
I don’t know if there is a song we like the most, but this song called I Don’t Know is very special to us because we wrote it in one breath many years ago and it hasn’t changed since then.
This guy’s a painter and he’s real suave
What do I know?
But I don’t know about your paint
The man who says he knows about dreams
What do I know?
But I don’t believe you care one little gram
You see these hands?
‘Cause I’m an animal
Our lives are pretty hectic, so any chance we get we write music. Sometimes we sit and compose things together and sometimes separately and then work on the sonic architecture of the song together. Most of the time the songs are written spontaneously and then we spend a lot of time trying to create a coherent and interesting narrative by dressing the songs up with the right sounds, instruments and colours. We have a shared synesthesia so we like to communicate about the songs as if they are paintings.
Just our lives I guess and what goes on in the world near and far. Our animals, nature, our loved ones. Rothko, Francis Bacon, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Emily Dickinson, Smog, Elliott Smith, Cat Power, Deptford Goth, Thelonious Monk.
I guess recording a record a month this year is both the best and worst thing about our project. It can be wonderful, but also keeps us on the edge a lot of the time.
I guess sometimes I don’t like that people immediately assume that we are named after a Buffy reference. My name Iva is a type of weeping willow in Bulgaria which is where our roots are from, so the name actually came from that, but we do also love Buffy like crazy, so it’s not the worst thing ever at all.
I suppose probably the biggest sacrifice was getting out of the label game and turning our backs on the blanket of money that various people were attempting to cover us with. It was both extremely difficult and also very liberating, which is why we decided to start the album a month project in 2015.
Bat For Lashes is from our city (Brighton) and we really like her. She’s a very graceful and inventive musician and makes pop music exciting and new.