Dark Times of Plenty.
There's a lot of designer darkness in the air right now. You can hardly even take you earplugs out these days without being assaulted by an onslaught of sub-Sabbath psuedo-teenage psuedo-angst. What is there in the world of music to help us intelligent grown-ups through these dark times? May I humbly suggest the new CDs by Ekkehard Ehlers (A Life Without Fear) and Giuseppe Ielasi (self-titled)? Each of these albums has an aura of darkness while being intelligent and mature (not "old" and "clever") enough to lend said aura some substance.
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