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The culmination of many past lives, Ameriglow
represents an amalgam of re-imagined musical forms and symbolic meanings. Many familiar tones and tropes can be found here, but they are shaped into an idiosyncratic, emotive language. Through the course of one song, one could hear a folk cadence over driving new wave rhythm or an old school country pedal steel over grungy anthemic gang vocals. These elements, however, never feel disjunctive due to the careful construction and lyrical integrity of each song.
The person at the helm of this vision, Jacob Darden, has been writing, recording and leading bands (Israel Darling, Echo Courts) for many years, but Ameriglow has always been the ultimate repository of his most-distilled and heartfelt creative output. Despite its singer-songwriter origins, however, Ameriglow is equally a band that gives an expansively transcendent quality to the songs; from tremors to seismic upheavals.