"Kiss the Dark" —words borrowed from an ancient Irish Poem by artist L. Mylott Manning (mylottmanning.com), who created a piece of the same title- essentially a dress, covered in various watches set to different times. In Manning's words, it is about taking steps into the unknown, leaving comfort zones and having faith in one’s own success. Michael Durek, aka theUse (theusemusic.bandcamp.com), composed and performed “Time Pieces” for the opening of “Kiss the Dark” and Jim Tuite (tumeitejas.com) created video to accompany the music. The video and music underwent many changes before reaching its current state.
The video, “Time Pieces,” embodies a dream or hallucinatory state based upon a crossing over between consciousness and unconsciousness, the real and the imagined. Elements suggest transition, projection, progressive concatenation. The video culminates with the breaking of the ego and hinting at disintegration.
In creating the track, theUse shirks structures found on his debut release, and ditches looped drum clips in favor of hand programming and playing every note. Elements of jazz, synth-wave, and dark ambient grace the recording. Durek's theremin carries the melodies of the track.