All In The Golden Afternoon Oct 22, 2012

All In The Golden Afternoon

Sample this concert
  1. 1Welcome to Daytrotter00:04
  2. 2Crown Of Feathers04:06
  3. 3Distant Seas04:56
  4. 4The Long Goodbye07:21
  5. 5Magic Eyes02:56
All In The Golden Afternoon Oct 22, 2012
Liner Notes

Rachel Staggs and Carlos Jackson, of the Austin, Texas, band All In The Golden Afternoon, don't really have a preference about where they want to take us, but they are damned sure that they want it to be poorly lit. They aren't taking us to those blind-out-yellow afternoons, no matter what their name might suggest. They're taking us into the sloughs, down in the valleys, behind the shadows, into the cool chill of the forgotten, or of the post-dusk, pre-midnight.

The walk that's taken in the song, "Distant Eyes," happens after dark and even with a lilting breeze, the air still feels as if it's concealing a sky full of ravens, a moodiness that could reach down and grab you. It could pluck you up and throw you into an even deeper part of the night, a place that you'll never return from and a place where they'll never find you.

Staggs sings, "This love is a work of art/Sometimes it falls apart," and it's in the second half of this exchange where we're most confident, where we can anticipate the damage that could be stalking us. Then again, we complete most walks through this very park, occurring during nights just like this one and nothing happens. We aren't quartered and split or abducted.

We're barely looked at, much less accosted and still there's that sensation that it could happen, that the set-up would be perfect for something like that to happen. What we get in its place is a situation that feels like that locale halfway between a dream and a nightmare, where the possibilities are endless and the deviants are out in full force, flashing smiles, showing off their magic tricks and playing it cool.