DARKSIDE is the collaborative duo of guitarist Dave Harrington and electronic producer Nicolas Jaar. The two musicians have vastly different backgrounds, but over the course of several years of touring together they found common ground: DARKSIDE. Dave and Nico use each other as mediums, working on primal instinct and summoning a hybrid of electronic music and psychedelic rock with the kind of artistic depth and breadth for which the term “progressive” was coined.
On October 8th 2013, DARKSIDE will unveil their debut full length, Psychic, to the world via Jaar’s own Other People label under license to Matador (US/Europe), Modular (Australia) and Hostess (Japan).
Nicolas Jaar came of age in New York City's underground minimal techno scene, releasing a string of unearthly dance singles that brought the then-18-year-old producer quick renown. Lushly textured and almost subversively slow, 2010's landmark Time for Us EP (Wolf + Lamb) and 2011's full-length Space Is Only Noise (Circus Company) dismantled and restructured dance music into heady new forms and garnered impressive reviews from both the electronic and rock press. He soon began weaving rock music into his own output, remixing acts like Grizzly Bear and Brian Eno and performing with a live band.
Dave Harrington started out in New York City as a young bass player studying experimental jazz and sneaking into late-night jam sessions as a teenager. He eventually moved into composition and performance art, creating commissioned works for theater and film, directing a rendition of John Zorn's COBRA, and integrating lap steel, guitar, keyboard, and effects into his arsenal. After joining the Nicolas Jaar live band in 2011 on guitar and electronics, Harrington began experimenting with dance music, remixing and DJing. Eventually, Harrington and Jaar started experimenting in their studio, and DARKSIDE emerged.
DARKSIDE's Psychic is a watershed moment for the duo, a quantum leap forward from their 3-song debut, 2011's DARKSIDE EP (Clown & Sunset). Psychic is a ritualistic song cycle, exploring rock’s cosmic outer edges through the immersive, body-moving framework of 21st-century house and techno. Album opener “Golden Arrow” is a microcosm of the album entire, charting an 11-minute journey from the desert to the stars: The song begins as a barren landscape where organs and static crackle on the horizon. But as "Golden Arrow" builds toward its climax, guitars poke pointillistic patterns in the sky and the blackness rips open, revealing a lumbering sub-bass groove that rises out of the fissure. It's mesmerizing and immediate, desperate and triumphant—and it sounds like nothing either has made before. DARKSIDE aren't dancefloor producers taking a stab at rock music; nor are they a rock band paying homage to their new favorite techno 12-inches. They're deep listeners and creators of both who see little need for distinction between their favorite sounds. The result is Psychic, an album of uncompromising creative vision from two artists working at the peak of their powers.
News From The Matablog
Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington gear up for an intense month of touring, as DARKSIDE's world tour comes to Europe this March. Most dates are long sold-out, but there's a limited number remaining for Amsterdam, Stockholm, Nice and Manchester, available from www.darksideusa.com/tour/. DARKSIDE's debut album Psychic (Matador/Other People) is out now.
It's another mini-Matador fest at Primavera Sound festival this year, as Queens of the Stone Age, DARKSIDE, Body/Head, Lee Ranaldo and The Dust, Majical Cloudz and Glasser all descend upon Barcelona for the weekend of May 29th-31st. Elsewhere amongst the line-up familiar faces include Spoon, Mogwai and Cold Cave ,with tickets on sale now from www.primaverasound.es.
The Current will be airing their visit from DARKSIDE. Hear Nico and Dave tonight on The Current's New Hot show. Twin Cities locals can listen in at 89.3FM, while the rest of us have to be content with tuning in online at thecurrent.org. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: the session is now archived on The Current's site and can be listened to by clicking here.
DARKSIDE return to Europe next March, with the duo of Dave Harrington and Nicolas Jaar playing a full month of European shows, bookended by their North American dates in January thru February and their Australian shows in April. March 2014 1st - Switzerland, Zurich - Kaufleuten - Tickets 2nd - Italy, Milan - Magazzini Generali - Tickets 4th - Belgium, Antwerp - Trix - Tickets 5th - Holland, Amsterdam - 5 Days Off - Tickets 8th - Denmark, Copenhagen - Pumpehuset - Tickets 9th - Sweden, Stockholm - Debaser Medis - Tickets 10th - Norway, Oslo - Parkteatret - Tickets 12th - Germany, Berlin - Astra - Tickets 14th - Germany, Cologne - Gloria - Tickets 15th - Germany, Munich - Muffathalle - Tickets 17th - Italy, Turin - Teatro Carignano (all seated) - Tickets 18th - France, Nice - Nikaïa Live - Tickets 19th - France, Nimes - Paloma - Tickets 20th - France, Bordeaux - Le Rocher - Tickets 21st - France, Nantes - Stereolux - Tickets 23rd - France, Paris - L’Olympia - Tickets 25th - Ireland, Dublin - Button Factory - Tickets 26th - UK, Glasgow - Art School - Tickets 27th - UK, Manchester - Ritz - Tickets 29th - UK, London - Coronet - Tickets Watch their Boiler Room rooftop session (as the sun sets over NYC) below:
[caption id="attachment_24290" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="photo by Emeline Ancel-Pirouelle"][/caption] Last Friday's DARKSIDE session for KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic went so well that we thought hey, why not do that again, but further north? And so it is that Nicolas and Dave will be going on the air live at Seattle's KEXP in just under half an hour (2pm EST/11am PST, to be exact). Listen online at KEXP.org, or in Seattle at 90.3FM.