Surely “I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness” is the goth-est name ever?! And Pornography-esque sounding as well? Sounds too good to be true.
Reuniting after almost a decade-long hiatus, Austin Texas’ I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness has reemerged with their second full-length album. No dramatic falling out kept this band apart for so long; ILYBICD’s long disappearance simply speaks to the difficulties of creating a new body of material.
However, the wait has been worth it: produced by Paul Baker of Ministry and released on Secretly Canadian, Dust creates a dark and beautiful atmosphere that stretches expansively like the sky on a moonless night. This new LP features superb guitar work and draws from the band’s usual influences of indie, classic goth and dream pop.
The opener ‘According to Plan’ features chorus-y guitars that recall Robert Smith’s work on Siouxsie and the Banshees’ album Hæna. ‘Stay Awake’ drops the listener into a swirling ambience and Christian Goyer’s vocals call to mind Andy Patridge of XTC. ‘Come Undone’ is a standout track that holds a subtle energy propelling the listener through a rich soundscape. WASYD shows the band’s dark-side and the bassline is reminiscent of something from The Cure’s 1982 album Pornography.
Dust holds a mellow and gloomy energy, but is not sorrowful. ILYBICD’s sound is reminiscent of many 80s post-punk groups, but has enough originality not to be a rehash of works already written. This long-awaited sophomore LP is a welcome addition to the band’s catalogue and picks up right where they left off.