Release Date: 12th August 2016
Mark Stoermer can remember a teenage tradition that subconsciously exerted a profound impact on his creative identity and career. The Killers bassist and solo artist spent his formative years ingesting classic albums from Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and The Beatles in their entirety right before bed. In many ways, you could trace the origin of his second full-length album, Dark Arts, to those nocturnal listening sessions. Its 13 songs comprise a mosaic of sixties-induced psychedelia, bluesy desert rock swagger, plaintive lyrical poetry, and lithe and lush cinematic orchestration. He wanted to build on the foundation of his 2011 debut, Another Life, while expanding the sound beyond its folk-tinged roots. David Hopkins, an integral and inspirational collaborator, would catalyze the process.