ALBUM REVIEW: Darkstar – Civic Jams | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 19.06.20

 

 

 

 

 

Over at the dark end of synth pop, you will find the highly respected work of Darkstar. Their tunes aren’t always meant to fill dance floors; their skilled mastery bestows electronic music fans an alternative vibe.

From the moment you hear radio tuning at the beginning of Civic Jams to the endnote, there’s a deep, spiritual ambience. Opening track Forest is a drum-less piece making full use of the organ bass, with Tuesday’s bass wobbly and distorted. Canorous two stepper Jam presents an intentionally muffled sound that works; while in a similar vein, Wolf addresses the notion of being chased by modern life. Closing track Blurred and its emotive choir effect takes us to the end of our therapeutic trance. Quality work.

 

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