Darwin’s Daughter – The Dark

EP Review | Self Release | Review by Marc Higgins | Stars: 4/5

Dark Fires opens with the plaintive notes of a piano and Fiona Ruth’s vocal. The music is atmospheric, filmic, like the theme to a snow kissed thriller. Fiona, solo or layered has the feel of Judie Tzuke or Kathryn Williams. “Moonlight” is a delicate, hesitant lullaby, Fiona’s voice against guitar, piano and Kim Porcelli’s wonderful Cello. Another wonderful track. “Angel on My Shoulder” written following the loss of Ruth’s sister in law is a plea for quiet reflection amongst the noise of life. Fine lyrics, emotional vocals and beautiful playing. “Godless World” an ode to the fading of values owes much of its melancholic atmosphere to the huge Cello notes against Fiona’s intimate vocal, a small voice against the dark. Fiona Ruth is a graduate of BIMM in Dublin where she studied song writing. Darwin’s Daughter’s EP The Dark represents a confident longer release, following a 2016 single, from an already evolving performer and songwriter.