In April, 2018, a week of sessions in Maik Maier studio in Barcelona spawned "Until My Darkness Goes", released this September on vinyl and online as a joint venture between Massachusetts label Feeding Tube and Barcelona outfit Gandula, as well as a CD in Japan on Moorworks and a very limited edition cassette by Zona Watusi.
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- The second LP by Mark Cunningham's current Spanish outfit marks a directional shift from their 2016 debut LP, Deep Red. On Darkness the quartet abandons pure instrumentalism, including a few vocal takes by drummer Cândid Coll strewn amidst the album's various tangles. There is also a much more aggressively rockist focus shown at times. Rumor has always been that this is a firm part of the band's live trip, but recorded evidence of it has thus far been scarce.
Of course, most of Darkness is in the same great vein as Deep Red. Noirish trumpet drifts across a rotten cityscape, batting down noise guitar rats that pop up from open manhole covers like goddamn Whack-a-Moles. But there are other things going on as well. “Surfing Rueda” sounds like some sort of unholy collaboration between the Raybeats and Sonic Youth. “Stress of Her Regard” plays like Robert Wyatt doing his version of hard rock vocals in front of the Tony Williams Lifetime. “Velvet Love” curls through the air like a smoky reconsideration on Eric Burdon & the Animals soft-psych phase. It's crazy how fast this record drifts from style to style, although Bood Quartet always touches back to their basic Chet Baker meets Pete Cosey conception. The whole album is a collection of wild moves, as you might guess from the fact they cop a Stones quote for its title, and even name a track after the Representative from Corwood. I can't wait to hear what these guys get up to next, but for now we've all got plenty to digest. So dig in. - Byron Coley
. Progress and variety are evident in "Until My Darkness Goes" ... tremors and caresses, guitar and trumpet duels, sweet and turbulent atmospheres, firmly seated improvisations, haunting shadows or rainbow drenched melancholy.. Cunningham has finally encountered the perfect vehicle to draw deeply from his long experience and continue looking forward." Ignacio Julia - Ruta 66
"Blood Quartet's sophisticated gnarl brings to mind a slow-motion spaghetti Western soundtrack scratched by discreet abrasives but bathed in sensuous, jazzy refinement. Covert guitar clamour intrudes upon a loose but undeniably hefty rhythm section as cool wisps of post-Miles trumpet float like purple smoke rings. The group's second studio album, Until My Darkness Goes, infuses that noir-ish cocktail with newfound heat, structure, and Hispano-Moresque beauty." Jordan N. Mamone - New York Observer
"Blood Quartet return, inviting us deeper into their interior world: eleven new rooms in the House of Dark Fun. On this second full-length album, all-new tunes bring the doom-noise clatter, uninhibited expression, dissonance and derangement, odd synth textures, guitar torture (of course!), romance tunes for dead lovers, hints of Eastern revolution, and fallen angel tones illuminating the shadows. Dave Foxall - A Jazz Noise
"Blood Quartet plays insanely great avant garde rock music. ". -Byron Coley