Mikel R. Nieto | Dark Sound @ ACL 2016: The Year’s Best Packaging
A black disc lodged in a black book with black print? This didn’t seem like such a good idea, until we read the text and thought about it for a while. As it turns out, the project is a parabolic reflection of its subject matter, the redacted and silenced voices of the oppressed. This is a perfect example of a label fully committing to a vision, and in this case, amazingly, the risk pays off.

 

& ACL 2016: Top Ten Field Recording & Soundscape
Dark Sound tells a story that few want to hear, but that all need to hear: a story of a culture obliterated by greed and “progress.” The black book contains black prose and even blacker thoughts, while the field recordings provide a soundtrack to desecration. The sounds of nature continue to vibrate beneath the machines, but they do so with progressively weaker sounds. We strain to hear them as we strain to read their stories, and yet we must. In the words of Martin Niemöller, First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out …. (Richard Allen)

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