My Darling Fury’s works are always a singular fusion of craft and experiment. Its 2013 gently revolutionary anthem “Blots in the Margin” was one of the best songs of the year. The collaborations -- notably with Classical Revolutions, Richmond hip-hoppers Photosynthesizers and dancer Annielille Gavino Kollman -- are both adventurous and ambitious. If they don’t break through to whatever's left of the mass market, it won’t be for lack of courage or merit.
The “Aches” debuted in video form at Kollman’s last Dogtown Dance Theater performance. Part of the band's in-progress next album, it's a departure from its previous, more acoustic approach.
"The lyrics here are more sparse,” lead singer Danny Reyes says. “There are fewer 'organic' instruments ... a complete lack of acoustic guitar ... and it's overall more percussive.” The sound is both intimate and huge, moving from tense earthbound emotion to soaring escape.
Those who contribute to My Darling Fury’s crowd-sourcing of its next album here can download their own copy of the song. But if you want to check it out first, you can stream it here free.