Blood Quartet - Until My Darkness Goes

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Pioneer of the New York No Wave with the bands Mars and Don King,  Mark Cunningham has been part of the Barcelona music underground for almost 30 years, performing solo, with his own groups Raeo, Convolution, Aleatory Grammar and Bèstia Ferida, as a member of Pascal Comelade´s Bel Canto Orchestra and Superelvis, and in countless local and international collaborations.

Blood Quartet was formed in early 2015 in Barcelona from a fortuitous collaboration between Cunningham and Catalan underground rock trio Murnau B.  A cassette, Dark Energy, appeared later that year and in October 2016, their first full LP, Deep Red came out on Feeding Tube Records (LP) – Hang The DJ! (CD).

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. The title is a nod to Paint it Black, but the quote is originally from James Joyce’s Ulysses.

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´Blood Quartet’s first LP, Deep Red, subtly ferocious, sometimes abrasive, others sensually jazzy, suggestive or disturbing, set the stage with its slow boiled process, organic instrumentation, and volatile sighs of a distant trumpet. 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

“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.                                                                                                  So, business as usual. And yet it’s deeper and more intimate. The different constituents have coalesced under their own inevitable attraction to a denser, more brutally honest whole – the essence of Blood Quartet, plummeting/soaring beyond the event horizon of opinion. Beauty with a saw-toothed edge, and a raw emotion that haunts long after the silence has fallen.”  Dave Foxall – A Jazz Noise

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“Blood Quartet plays insanely great avant garde rock music. “. -Byron Coley

BLOOD QUARTET    –     UNTIL MY DARKNESS GOES

MARK CUNNINGHAM – TRUMPET, GUITAR

LLUIS RUEDA – GUITARS

KIKE BELA – BASS, KORG MS-10

CÀNDID COLL – DRUMS, VOICE

RECORDED AND MIXED WITH JENS NEUMAIER AT MAIK MAIER STUDIO, BARCELONA 2018

MASTERED BY CARL SAFF

COVER ARTWORK AND PHOTOS BY FREDERIC NAVARRO

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