ALBUM REVIEW: Darkside – Spiral | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 23.07.21

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicolas Jaar’s commendable refusal to turn backwards has seen his push further towards both ultra-detailed ambience in his solo work and rough-edged house as Against All Logic, but his Darkside project alongside multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington remains by some distance the most high profile and popular work of his, and their long-awaited second album Spiral makes it clear there is no turning back.

Shifting gears from propulsive post-Balearic groove towards shaggy Kosmische jams and roots balladry, Spiral is unmistakeably the sound of live collaboration rather than a couple of producers trading files. Tracks like The Limit and Liberty Bell boast a far stronger pop core than previous Darkside material, but the sound of Spiral is a more organic, weed-covered, off-grid experience.

 

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