I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness has reemerged from the shadows with their second full-length album Dust. Produced by Paul Barker of Ministry, Dust picks up where 2006’s Fear Is On Our Side left off, with ten new tracks of dark, driving, propulsive rock.

These taut songs have no need for unnecessary arrangements or artifice. Chosen Darkness’ music is honest, and never stiff; affected, but not whining. Dust’s minimalist artwork and specificity of tone demonstrate an elegance & wisdom, as these 10 songs evoke the foggy landscapes of Twin Peaks (the misty “Safely”, fatalistic “You Are Dead To Me”) as well as a burning storm. It is high time for I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness to come back into the light.

In 2006, the Austin Texas band I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness released their debut album Fear Is On Our Side, an LP full of driving, chiming, authoritative gothic rock — music that seemed to exist entirely out of time, sucking in all the light around it. Since then, nothing. But this fall, the band will return. Their sophomore album, and first in eight years, is called Dust. Ministry’s Paul Barker produced the album, just as he did with Fear Is On Our Side. First single and opening track “Faust” is a grand, towering, bloodthirsty thing, a song equal parts R.E.M. and Swans. (Stereogum)

The wait is over. It’s been nearly 10 years since I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness’ first, and only, album. Thankfully Dust (Secretly Canadian) is exactly what you want it to be. A little new wave, a little dark, a lot of super tight rock ’n’ roll. ‘80s british dark wave mixing with classic rock and indie ideas. Like an album by Wilco doing Cocteau Twins covers (don’t lie, you’d buy that in a second!) Guitar harmonies and reverb-y drums really leave the album sounding like lots of stuff and nothing else in the world. Which really should be the objective of all bands. (Bank Robber Music)