You The Darkness and Me is an exploration of solitude and a reconnection with the Earth. The music is as direct and innovative as Beirut or Neutral Milk Hotel, but the lyrical themes are unique to its writer, Dustin Hamman. He spent a couple seasons living on a hill in a vineyard, flying his kite in the soft breeze, watching the trees slowly twist towards the sun and this time away from scenes and society gave him the space to write about "life that doesn't breathe."
The songs on this album confront some of the starkest realities about living in this world: there is only you alone to take care of yourself, and that responsibility begins anew every day. But at the same time it is a celebration of the beauty of the world, of the simple delight of walking in the morning, of envying the life of an oak tree, of staring into a nighttime lightning storm and welcoming the excitement of it all."