I've spent the last few years recording albums, making videos and performing in and around London, the far east and New York City. Most of the songs come from the 1930's, 40's and 50's, written by the great composers of the day; Cole Porter, Rogers and Hart, Hoagy Carmichael, Matt Dennis, Harold Arlen et al. But there are also songs by Elvis Costello and Joy Division. With the help of some great collaborating musicians and producers, I'm doing my best to bring some of these great old American songbook standards into the 21st century with the aid of digital technology.
Trenchcoats, shades, snap-brim hats, open-necked shirts and
loose black ties. Not forgetting the cigarettes and alcohol.
Vocalist Shamus Dark has a strong line in film noir visuals
to complement the selection of songbook classics that
appears onTrouble In Paradise. It's not just the cover
photos: the videos that he's created to accompany many of
the songs are also rich with that '40s B-movie glamor. This
is a fine collection—a left-field take on the classics that
reminds us how an artist's vision can throw new light on old
Dark's debut, Songs For Suicidal Lovers (Drum Records,
2006), also featured classic songs—a cover of Joy Division's
Atmosphere put in an appearance too