The work of Brooklyn rockers Darkwing owes a good deal to alternative rock's opaque and chaotic tendencies, but they never resort to simple imitation. The squall of guitars and the martial thump of drums lay out the path for most of their songs, and the band follows through in gloriously tangled fashion, packing a wallop of branching rock rhythms and complex musical construction into a compact and murky space.
On their new standalone single, "Ignorant Ghost," the band digs deep into a pervasive guitar distortion, evoking the dense mechanics of Dinosaur Jr and Hüsker Dü. The track is layered with pummeling percussion, ghostly vocals and bouts of lightning riffs and bombastic theatricality. It's a proper introduction to their fuzzed-out sound and perfectly encapsulates what makes them so profoundly fascinating. They work intensely with a particular rock gravity, but they also don't forget to spend time on setting up persuasive melodies and ear-catching arrangements.