Darts & Arrows grew out of songwriter-guitarist Bill MacKay’s vision for a folk group, playing their 1st gig at South Union Arts in Chicago in 2006. The band’s mixing of folk and rock with avant-garde experimentation and pop melody started to gel on their debut release Bill MacKay and Darts & Arrows (2010). In particular, the hypnotic and psychedelic throb of Road to the Seaway caught the attention of listeners.
With their new recording Eyes of the Carnival (2012), the band’s folk sense is further shaded by its art-rock and experimental leanings, a deepening dynamic range, and a more finely etched sense of melody and space. Excursions into Latin and western sounds, and some luminous improvisations, point to new directions in timbre and theme.