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DARKSIDE By James Lawrence

PSYCHIC
04 November 2013
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Formed in 2011 after several years of touring together, Darkside is a collaboration between Nicolas Jaar and session guitarist Dave Harrington. The eight tracks on ‘Physic’ constitute a noirish foray into psychedelic electronica. With a meandering tempo and proggy feel, it recalls everything from early Pink Floyd to John Tejada’s I’m Not A Gun project to the journeyman trip-hop of RJD2. Led by Jaar’s distinctive croons, the Balearic ‘Paper Trails’ and standout ‘Heart’ are more song-based inclusions, the instrumentals more freeform jams. There’s no doubt Jaar loves exploring unusual musical terrain – indeed, the American auteur offered up an equally psychedelic experience, the Joshua Light Show, at The Barbican in London last month. And while some may find it a little self-indulgent, judged in its entirety the depth of sound and overall arrangement are nothing short of masterful.

File under Futuristic progtronica
Download ‘Heart’, ‘The Only Shrine I’ve Seen’, ‘Golden Arrow’
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TAGS: ALBUM REVIEW / DANCE MUSIC / DARKSIDE / DAVE HARRINGTON / ELECTRONIC / HOUSE / NICOLAS JAAR / PSYCHIC / TECHNO

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