The new EP provides a bit of a change in direction from Hill. Whereas 11:11 had much in common with Florence + The Machine, the more electronic, less frenetic nature of Dark Days leans more towards Austra territory. particularly with the opener "The Flame".
With a laid back approach, "I Do I Do I Do" is a pop number that will seep it's way into your head. The melody of "Don't Be the Mistake" can't mask the rapier-like lyrics of song.
The wrenching "Hurt Me" rounds things out with a ton of impact. The song is cinematic in scope while still delivering a very personal and painful emotion.
It will be interesting to hear where this EP fits in the greater scheme of the new record.
Best tracks: "I Do I Do I Do", "Hurt Me"
Track listing for Dark Days:
- The Flame
- Don't Be the Mistake
- I Do I Do I Do
- Hurt Me