White Horse, Yukon-based indie-rock outfit The Dark Fruits recently released their sophomore album, entitled Warm Weather Starter Pack, exploring topics such as isolation, connection, and relationships.
Vocalist/songwriter Jeff Wolosewich explains, “I write songs because it brings me pleasure. You know that feeling you get when you hear a song and say, ‘I love this!’ and it just makes your whole day? Well, I can do that to myself. It’s like I self-soothe. You end up doing these enough times and you start thinking ‘Maybe other people will dig this, too.’”
The Dark Fruits comprises Wolosewich (songwriter, vocals, keyboards), Jordy Walker (guitars, bass, synth), and Tara Martin (drums, vocals).
Made up of 10 tracks, Warm Weather Starter Pack begins with “California Beach,” rolling out on dark guitars riding a tight, rumbling rhythm as sing-song vocals give the lyrics savors of art-rock essence.
Highlights on the album include “Florida,” a song vaguely reminiscent of The Kinks because of its trippy, unusual harmonics, i.e., hints of strings and psychedelia. Wolosewich’s soft voice imbues the lyrics with nonchalant timbres.
Dark and heavy and grungy, “The Threat is Real” shifts flavors after the intro, taking on a Joe Walsh-like feel, quirky yet deliciously contagious, like a mixture of indie-rock and pop-punk-lite with hints of darkwave.
“No Blue” summons up suggestions of prog-rock combined with alt-rock, as if Pink Floyd decided to cover the Alan Parsons Project. Drenched in lysergic waves, the outro forms a hallucinogenic tapestry of sound.
The final track, and a personal favorite because of its oblique tempo, “Serious Celebration” closes the album out with dreamy flair that ramps up to lusciously thick guitars backed by soaring synths on the outro, which is grand.
Unique and oh-so innovative, with Warm Weather Starter Pack, The Dark Fruits has produced a totally excellent original album.