Canadian alt-electro rockers Black Arcana released their new single, “Rum Runner”, blending garage rock with trip hop and old school rock and roll.
Patrick De Marseilles and Miss Marie are the Montreal musicians behind the band, and the new single arrives ahead of their debut album, Astrophysical, that’s set to arrive in 2020.
“Black Arcana is a musical reflection of our relationship,” De Marseilles said. “We are both attracted to a certain kind of darkness: the kind that lingers just beyond the reach of visible light… The kind of place where much of the beauty and depth of the human experience can be found, but which also gives rise to one’s more perverse inclinations.”
“Really, this world would be much darker than it is were it not for Miss Marie,” he added. “She brings an innate lightness to the project, which tends to temper my own darkness.”
“From the first time I heard her sing, I wanted to involve her in a project. I love the element that Miss Marie’s voice brings to the music. I love her tone and intonation; she has a beautiful, raw, emotive quality to her voice, and I love how that fits into the melodic structures of the songs.”
The duo love blues-garage rock, like the White Stripes and Black Keys, as well as trip hop legends like Massive Attack and Thievery Corporation.
“With more time in the studio, new elements started to creep into song development,” De Marseilles said. “What I’ve done is taken my approach to crafting a DJ set and incorporated that into a rock context.”
“I dig it, I dig making use of technology that way–as something complementary, but with melody and vibe being the driving force.