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Shamus Dark

I've spent the last few years recording albums, making videos and performing in and around London, the far east and New York City. Most of the songs come from the 1930's, 40's and 50's, written by the great composers of the day; Cole Porter, Rogers and Hart, Hoagy Carmichael, Matt Dennis, Harold Arlen et al. But there are also songs by Elvis Costello and Joy Division. With the help of some great collaborating musicians and producers, I'm doing my best to bring some of these great old American songbook standards into the 21st century with the aid of digital technology.

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"Trenchcoats, shades, snap-brim hats, open-necked shirts and loose black ties. Not forgetting the cigarettes and alcohol. Vocalist Shamus Dark has a strong line in film noir visuals to complement the selection of songbook classics that appears onTrouble In Paradise. It's not just the cover photos: the videos that he's created to accompany many of the songs are also rich with that '40s B-movie glamor. This is a fine collection—a left-field take on the classics that reminds us how an artist's vision can throw new light on old favorites.

Dark's debut, Songs For Suicidal Lovers (Drum Records, 2006), also featured classic songs—a cover of Joy Division's "Atmosphere" put in an appearance too. On his blog he's written of a musical career that pre-dates punk rock. The album was recorded in South Africa and Hong Kong, mastered at Abbey Road: hints of a globe-trotting life. But further details of his life are scant, the mystery persists.

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

My Funny Valentine...

Bunker Media
2021

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Will You Come Away...

Bunker Media
2020

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Gone With The Wind...

Bunker Media
2020

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City Of Lights...

Rubber Taxi Records
2020

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My Funny Valentine (Re-imagined)

From: My Funny Valentine (Re-imagined)
By Shamus Dark

Angel Eyes

From: Trouble In Paradise (CD Digipak...
By Shamus Dark

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