Electro Duo DARKSIDE Return After Nearly 8 Years With 2nd Album ‘SPIRAL’

24 July 2021

Band: DARKSIDE
Who: The duo of Chilean-American electro musician Nicolas
Jaar
and Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington

Album: SPIRAL
Second album, nearly 8
years after debut Psychic

Released: 23 July 2021 via Matador

NME says: “A gorgeous, filmic record that rewards with each spin… The majority of
Darkside’s new record ‘Spiral’ was written and recorded during 2018 after a fruitful
week collaborating in a rented New Jersey home. Jaar has described this project as
the work of a “jam band… something we did on days off”: a relaxed mission statement
that’s afforded them the freedom to make deeply textured, synthetic-organic music led
by feeling… Most importantly, Jaar’s enhanced vocal role gives a new voice to troubling
themes previously suggested in the stirring moods of Darkside’s music. Eight years was
worth the wait.
“. Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume says: Somewhere between the moody moments
of Aphex Twin and the experimental solo side of Thom Yorke.

Jaar in an interview with Stereogum: “For me, it’s very, very pleasurable to make music
with Dave because I feel like we get to play to our teenage selves together. That’s not really the place I’m in when I make my own music — it’s just not what happens when I’m by myself. But with Dave we have a very silly band name and it really brings us back to being 14-year-olds.”

Harrington:“There was no external pressure, there was no internal pressure. It was really just like, let’s show up. And let’s see if the music is there. And then if it is there, see where it takes us.”

Single: Liberty Bell…

Full album…

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DARKSIDE: Facebook

(photo of duo: via Matador records)

Portland’s Guitar Pop Duo PHOSPENE Released New Enthralling Single ‘SPIRAL’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

11 March 2020


(Photo by Katy Weaver)

Band: PHOSPHENE

Who: Since forming back in 2008, this Portland’s duo continued to refine and evolve
their sonic palette to reflect their diverse influences. The band is an amalgam of rock, dream pop, and shoegaze with Rachel’s bright melodies bursting through.”

Track: SPIRAL– second single from upcoming, second LP – a song “about seeking solace
and peace during hard times, whether that’s in the form of an escape with someone dear
or reconnecting with nature.” 

Score: Twinkling guitars, pulsating drums, radiant melodiousness and bright vocals bringing Cocteau Twins‘ wonderful singer Elisabeth Fraser to mind turn this glimmering pop beauty into a sparkling sonic musing. This is alluring splendor with a soothing vibe and hopeful expectations to overlive these troubled times. This sparkling kind of magic music helps you to get away from reality for a while. Starry-eyed magnificence.

A spark of hope that’s dotted on you
We climb to seek a new way out
From this world run by cartoons

Enjoy here…


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PHOSPHENE: Facebook


New album LOTUS EATERS out in June