All songs arranged by Darling Imperial. Recorded at the Brooksfield Gentleman’s Club in Detroit, MI. Produced, engineered, and mixed by Jonathan David Weier. Co-produced by Darling Imperial. Mastered by Dan Gonko at Cabin Creek Studios in Cullowhee, NC.
A veritable bloodletting. A grueling engagement that, upon completion, left us exsanguinated yet emboldened. From conceptualization to fruition, this album spanned two solstices and equinoxes, and much like these celestial intersections, it has converged at this exact moment in time. Through some mystical esotericism, it called us from our individual paths and into a single plane of musical existence, made tangible through Takotsubo.After the release of 2009s EP I Know Everyone You Know and the subsequent steady grind to promote that album, it became clear that an evolution had occurred within us. Much of what we thought we knew, we didn’t, and that which we had learned about ourselves and each other had beautifully unraveled to reveal an even deeper core than previously uncovered. Songwriting became fluid yet deliberate; melodies were merely the outward expression of bound up feelings; lyrics took on new meanings for all of us. It was with this in heart and in mind that Takotsubo was borne. Six tracks of heartbreak and hope. That’s what Takotsubo is. By definition, takotsubo describes a trap designed by Japanese fishermen to capture octopuses. Modern medicine adopted this term when they noticed a rare heart condition – takotsubo cardiomyopathy – resembled this same fishing trap when viewed through x-rays. Brought on by sudden loss, grief, or the onset of love’s realities, to be diagnosed with takotsubo is to literally have a broken heart. With this album, the gamuts of emotions involved with heartache are explored: the anger in “True Times;” deception with “Veils;” the brutal, heart-wrenched pleading of “You Told Me;” innocence in “Last Day;” confusion in “100x Spun;” and ultimately, the surety and redemption heard in “Halo.” By the end of Takotsubo, no trap is left unopened, and all emotions are freed. Much like the illness itself, there is a cure for a broken heart, and recovery takes time. So, much like a slow transfusion through an IV drip, Takotsubo is here – finally – and it has restored us once again.
released November 13, 2010
Darling Imperial is:
Sarah Sadovsky - Vocals & percussion
Carl Yute - Bass & backing vocals
Chris Vieau - Guitars
George Jacobsen - Guitars
Adam Hayes - Drums