In Qwel’s highly awaited fourth solo release, “Dark Day”, Qwel explores the notion that he who does not know his history is condemned to repeat it. Jackson Jones sets the melancholy charcoal canvases as Qwel exposes the blueprint for the modern day Tower of Babel. The album starts headlong with a piece resembling an Edgar Allen Poe dialogue between the ladder builder on the Tower of Babel and Nimrod. Halfway through his endeavor he realizes the ramifications of the work of his hands, and in an attempt to topple the tower he ascends to the top and leaps off…into a mass of people…waiting for his job.
”Dark Day” combines philanthropic introspection of “If It Ain’t Been In A Pawn Shop, Then It Can’t Play The Blues” with the zeal and fervor of “The Rubber Duckie Experiment”. It explores the aspects of humanity that are growing to destroy us, such as greedy politicians, the world dying to unite, self loathing, selfishness, medicated compassion, lack of accountability, etc. In a world recently fueled by the trend of superficial love the technological tower is under way.
It’s not only an exploration in topic and execution, but even more so musically. Simply put, “Dark Day” sounds like David Bowie and Beethoven collaborated on an SP1200 in an analog studio with the bombardier from the Enola Gay playing the drums. Overall Dark Day is a masterpiece lyrically, sonically, visually, prophetically, and therapeutically. Music to help the wait in line; music to whelp the hate in line.
“They knew not what they were building, but where they were building. Higher. To the heavens. All men united in nothingness.” – Qwel

Audio Clips:
Qwel & Jackson Jones – Blood From The Stone (full MP3)
Qwel & Jackson Jones – Dark Day (Plague Of Nations) (snippet)
Qwel & Jackson Jones – Spit Your Lit (snippet)
Qwel & Jackson Jones – Bread & Circuses (snippet)