DARIUS KOSKI: What Was Once Is By and Gone: CD

Mar 20, 2018

Erstwhile Swingin’ Utters guitarist Darius Koski goes troubadour, and he does a good job of it. The tunes on this record tend to have a melancholy timbre to them, and frequently they reflect the growing diversity of musical influences that crept into later Utters records. And while the aforementioned melancholy could, theoretically, get dull since there are a jillion records out there like that, what Koski does that I like so much is that his lyrics run a rift of bitterness throughout, completely upending the “sweetness” of the tunes. Much of the mood of this record evokes for me the mood of Norah Jones’s “Miriam,” which is an absolutely gorgeous song about mercilessly killing someone who has betrayed you. Of course, I may be over-representing Koski’s record, but that’s the vibe that I get from it, for good or ill. –The Lord Kveldulfr (Fat)