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Sweet Dark Demon

by willow

Dark, melodic folk-rock orginals carried by a deep, lush voice that ranges from a hushed lullaby to a soaring, anguished wail.
Genre: Pop: Delicate
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1. Seem to Have Nothing
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2. Scotch
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3. Four Corners
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4. Down
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5. Dead Days
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6. Keep Me This Way
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7. Absinthe
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8. Early Spring
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9. Eastlake Bridge
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10. Sweet Dark Demon
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11. Skinny Girl
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"...a collection of songs that are lyrically charged, gathering raw energy like a lightning rod in an electric storm."
~Tom Scanlon, The Seattle Times

"Willow is able to give voice to those vague, disturbing fears and longings that lurk at the edges of our awareness, that will not step forward entirely into the light and yet will not go away."
~Richard Middleton, Victory Review

"Her voice has both the strength of a raging tornado and the grace of a light breeze..."
~Rachel Heisler, Albuquerque Weekly Alibi

" Willow's CD, Sweet Dark Demon, features her whole band bringing wonderfully dark passionate music to the listener. Willow's band, Jeremy Sever (drums/percussion), Ken Stubblefield (bass guitar/violin), and Kevin Wood (guitars), creates a mesmerizing ambience in which Willow's deeply moving and sultry voice reigns! "
~ Michael Armenia, AEM Music

"Seattle singer-songwriter Willow's second release is eerie and ethereal, featuring her half whispered vocals and oblique lyrics, and rich, electro-acoustic arrangements."
~Richard Middleton, Victory Review


"The quietly powerful Sweet Dark Demon expands upon last year's self-titled solo acoustic debut with dreamy, jazzy arrangements swirling around the singer's haunting and silky voice, creating a kind of folk noir that's as eerie as it is soothing."
~Bill Frost, Salt Lake Weekly


In the last few days of September 2000, Willow took her band through the doors of Seattle's Studio Litho. For ten sweet days the music poured out of Willow and into the hands of producer Tucker Martine (Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, Carrie Ackre, Aiko Shimada). Her band pulled all-nighters and early mornings and Tucker pulled everything out of Willow's thoughts, fingertips, voice and soul...by the end of autumn, Sweet Dark Demon was emerging.

Sweet Dark Demon, released April 2001, is a welcomed journey into a dark, melodic mood - sweet and pure while pained and broken.


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Martin

Makes my day!
If you like atmospheric and melodic folk with a dark touch and beautiful female voices - get this album, immediately! If you like music from artists such as Jesse Sykes, Hope Sanodval, Liz Durrett or Faith Kleppinger - don't hesitate and fill your CD-player with pure passion... I'm sooooo glad I did and will surely buy EVERYTHING I can get from Willow.

Tom Scanlon, Seattle Times

'WIllow bends to her deeper emotions...'
Willow's band elegantly matches her moods on "Sweet Dark Demon," creating
meditative grooves and haunting, surreal melodies. At times, the album is like
an adult "Alice in Wonderland".

Mark Cavener

Dark chocolate and red wine on a rainy Sunday.
The way an album should flow. Masterfully crafted and compelling from start to finish. A must have for any music collection!

Charles Bermant

Bumbershoot Festival Review
Every smorgasbord festival allows a no-risk sampling of new tastes, and Willow fit that bill at Bumbershoot. This waif-like singer led her band through a selection of stark downer songs.
"Scotch is an old man's drink, and I'll take mine with water," she croons. "Love is a restless
thing and I lost mine to time and age." Since it was an indoor show, there was no walk-in
traffic -- even if there was a steady flow of people in and out, between songs. Part of this
was people being "Seattle polite," but some could be attributed to the somber nature of
Willow's songs. If you were to get up in the middle and leave, she might just slash her own
wrists.
Or not.
She would finish a solemn song and then say something like, "One of my biggest fears
about playing onstage is that my fly will be down and my guitar won't be low enough to cover
it." Later, she provided the key to the enjoyment of depressive art:
"Embrace the dark things in your life, and the light will be so much lighter."

Some people no doubt took that advice home to ponder...

lee

moody mystical
a moody mystical dance around the fire, sitting still yet being everywhere at once.

Skaldfell

Spine chilling songs that get caught in your head
This is a dark album that carries some demons, alright. But boy is it sweet! Lyrics like this are not what you will find on most albums or airwaves--they are too honest, too "I've been there" (one way or the other). While the music itself at times revolves around similar rifts and themes, it works the lyrics well.

If you like to run your fingers lightly down your lover's spine on a cloudy autumn night and feel the goosebumps rise, just slip on Willow's "Sweet Dark Demon." Anytime.