Who Needs Who, the new album by Dark Dark Dark, is a rich, stirring body of songs that sees the band break ground and settle into the strengths of a quintet that has worked incredibly hard, both on the road and in their personal lives.Most of the material on Who Needs Who was written by vocalist / accordionist / key player Nona Marie Invie in Minneapolis, and arranged by the band on tour and in New Orleans, where acclaimed engineer Tom Herbers joined them to record. The first single, Tell Me, finds Dark Dark Dark setting a new tone for avant-garde pop. The beat is up, the drums and bass propel the song, and Invie’s voice soars between impassioned yearning and a resigned, empowered hope that reveals wisdom.The band’s commitment to their music has proven to be a double-edged sword. It’s no minor detail that Invie and Marshall LaCount, Dark Dark Dark’s co-founder and producer, were in a serious relationship that ended in early 2011, with a year solid of touring commitments ahead of them. On “Meet in the Dark,” Invie sings, “You want everything to stay the same, and then things change / But I’ll never get tired of singing these songs, no I’ll never get tired of singing these songs.” Ultimately, a five-month hiatus at the end of 2011 and early 2012 allowed the band to heal, reflect and refocus, and when the members reconvened in New Orleans for rehearsals, the initial awkwardness gave way to the creation of some of their most beautiful, revealing work to date.“Many of these songs are about understanding and accepting the nuances of my emotions. The obvious parts and the dark parts. There are times when it’s important to quit fantasizing and face the truth about what is happening,” says Invie. Who Needs Who is ultimately refreshing and rewarding, and marks the beginning of a bold and promising chapter for Dark Dark Dark.