Ben Kyle – The Dark

Ben Kyle

Ben Kyle’s birthplace of Belfast, Northern Ireland, to me, explains his immense talent. The city is also the birthplace of Van Morrison, C.S. Lewis, and Amy Carmichael, to name a few extraordinary individuals. But what’s even more amazing to us proud Minnesotans is that Kyle has lived here in Minneapolis since the age of 13. His band, Romantica, is currently on a hiatus as Kyle and some of the other members pursue different projects.

Kyle’s sound reminded me a bit of Ryan Adams/Whiskeytown when I first heard him, but this song, The Dark, in particular really had a Ryan Adams feel to it. It came as no surprise, then, when I discovered that Ben Kyle has not only collaborated with Ryan Adams, but Adams sang backing vocals with Kyle on The Dark on tour. (You can download this live performance free on NoiseTrade)

I have to say this is really my favorite type of music. Americana (Or Irish-Americana in this case), alt-country, folk-rock; whatever you want to call it is such a soothing, beautiful and sometimes sad style of music. I attribute much of this to the chilling harmonies and the unique sound of the pedal steel; which is one of my favorite instruments and is very prevalent in Ben Kyle’s music.

I don’t wanna go out tonight, if you’re staying at home
I don’t wanna go out in the dark of the night and leave you alone

The air is getting heavy, I feel like a rolling stone
Weighing me down like the memory of a Minnesota winter when I’m far from home
The dark is getting deeper, I feel so far from home
Pulling me in like the memory of the feeling of the fear of being all alone

I don’t wanna go out tonight, if you’re staying at home
I don’t wanna go out in the dark of the night and leave you alone

The rain is getting heavy, falling like a waterfall
Filling my shoes with the memories of me and you in Belfast in the fall
The rain is beating harder, here comes a cannonball
Flooding my veins, but the feeling is the same, being without you after all

I don’t wanna go out tonight, if you’re staying at home
I don’t wanna go out in the dark of the night and leave you alone

If I gotta be alone tonight, I’ll be praying for the morning light
I don’t wanna be a moon in the sky where the sun don’t shine
And the rain ain’t nothing but the tears we cry tonight

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