Us & Them — By the Time It Gets Dark
(Fruits de Mer Regal Crabomophone Winkle 14, 2014, 7")
by Henry Schneider, Published 2014-04-13This new slab of FdM vinyl is Us and Them’s third release on the label. Label owner Keith Jones has been secretly wishing for quite some time that Us and Them would cover a Sandy Denny tune; his wishes have been granted on this release. Us and Them chose one of Sandy’s lesser-known songs “By the Time It Gets Dark” and put their stamp on it, creating a beautiful and relaxing folky nursery rhyme, with echoing guitars, chimes, and Britt’s vocals. Britt is one of the few singers that can do justice to Sandy Denny. Their choice for the second track is an excellent cover of Donovan’s “Jabberwocky.” Their version approaches dark folk with its dreamlike use of chimes and acoustic guitar. The B-side is an original song “Do I Know You” with a spooky and haunting melody that reminds me of “All the Pretty Little Horses / Julia Dream” from their first FdM release. This is a very magical release and it stands apart from the other FdM releases this year.
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