NYC’s Timothy Dark releases 4-track ‘Dark Day Afternoon’ EP
New York-based artist Timothy Dark releases his ‘Dark Day Afternoon’ EP on March 30. This four-track offering was preceded by the release’s lead single ‘She Put a Spell on Me’.
This release follows Dark’s latest album ‘The Last Days of Dark’, which was produced by longtime collaborator Dan “The Band’ Policar (Sean Paul, Raekwon The Chef). Two of the tracks ‘Unpatriotic’ feat. Stephanie Linn and ‘The Future’ really made some waves in the face of the realities of Trump’s America.
The EP involved collaborative production by Timothy Dark for Darkseed Entertainment with Robb Torres on ‘She Put a Spell on Me’ and all other tracks with Charlie Nieland, who is known for his work with Blondie, Debbie Harry, Scissor Sisters, Rufus Wainwright, Lusterlit, and Her Vanished Grace and Oh Halo.
Dark’s expansive artistry encompasses politically charged hip-hop, buttery R&B, grimy rock, street savvy poetry, literature, non-dogmatic spirituality, and singer-songwriter style emotional intimacy. Previously described as “Michael Jackson’s band meets Inspectah Deck of WuTang meets the energy from Queens that made the Ramona’s play fast”, Timothy Dark’s music is rich, diverse and unpredictable.
“The new ‘Dark Day Afternoon’ EP pulls ample inspiration from Billy Idol, Michael Jackson, Prince, David Bowie, Tears for Fears, The Cars andElvis Presley. I spent years listening to their music, originally for sampling purposes. But I became a fan and couldn’t stop listening and learning from them all,” says Timothy Dark.
“Most people don’t know I have written pop songs for years. I just never released many of them because I loved rapping so much. But now that I have a band, it’s time to dig out the pop and alternative songs and let the world hear them. It’s time to let people know that I’m not just a rapper; I’m an all around songwriter. This EP is the beginning of all of that.”
Born in Harlem, Timothy Dark was raised in East Elmhurst, Queens and the South Bronx before the streets were sanitized. He learned how to survive amidst the violence and corruption of hard times New York. One of his most formative moments was his mother boldly placing him onstage during a James Brown concert and the Godfather of Soul shaking his hand. It has become a symbolic gesture on many levels with the feeling like, in that handshake, James Brown transferred an electricity that courses through Timothy to this day.
The emergence of hip-hop as an art form became a way to observe and experience and street life and turn it into something special as a solo artist and as a member of rap crews. He’s opened for Nas, Black Rob, and immersed himself in New York City’s thriving Antifolk scene, collaborating with such talents as Nellie Mckay and Nicole Atkins.
‘Dark Day Afternoon’ will be available on March 30 across digital stores and streaming platforms. Timothy Dark and The Indestructible Characters launch the EP that night at New York’s DROM (85 Avenue A), along with Liz Rees, Miss Represent and A Band Called Sad. Their next show scheduled for April 14 with American Anymen, Phoebe Blue, Dolltits and Clinical Trials at Search Party Studios (71 Wave Avenue, Staten Island).