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Real Enemies

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society

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Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
The Enemy Within
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
Dark Alliance
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
Trust No One
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
Best Friends Forever
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
The Hidden Hand
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
Casus Belli
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
Crisis Control
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
Apocalypse Is a Process
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
Never a Straight Answer
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
Who Do You Trust?
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
You Are Here
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
Total Playing Time    78:46
Grammy Award nomination - Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, 2016
Juno Award nomination - Jazz Album of the Year: Group, 2017

"For a wholly original take on big band’s past, present and future, look to Darcy James Argue ..."
- Newsweek

"... brutally dissonant yet often beautiful movements ... funky, swinging, sometimes Latin-tinged music ... (Argue's) eeriest and most multifaceted piece to date, expanded yet again the textural and emotional vocabulary of the modern big band."
- JazzTimes.com

Vancouver-born, Brooklyn-based composer and bandleader Darcy James Argue and his innovative 18-piece ensemble Secret Society reimagine what a 21st century big band can sound like on Real Enemies, a 13 chapter exploration of America’s fascination with conspiracy theories. As befitting a journey into postwar paranoia, the music draws heavily on 12 tone techniques, but the wide-ranging score exhibits a gleeful disregard for how those techniques have traditionally been deployed.

"Belief in conspiracies is one of the defining aspects of modern culture. It transcends political, economic and other divides. Conservative or liberal, rich or poor, across all races and backgrounds there exists a conspiratorial strain of thought that believes there are forces secretly plotting against us. Conspiracy theories often take hold because they provide an explanation for disturbing realities. They tell a story about why the world is the way it is. Paradoxically, it’s often more comforting to believe that bad things happen because they are part of a hidden agenda than it is to believe that they came about as a result of mistakes, ineptitude, or random chance."
- Darcy James Argue
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – New Amsterdam Studio Masters

Recorded at MSR Studios, Studio A C, New York, NY, February 1 - 4, 2016
Engineered and mixed by Brian Montgomery
Mastered by Randy Merrill at Sterling Sound

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