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
If you are at the festival, but sure to catch Queens of the Stone Age tomorrow, April 19th, at 9:35pm PST on the Coachella Stage and DARKSIDE in the aptly-named Gobi tent after at 10:50pm PST. If you are anywhere but Indio this weekend, you can watch many performances (including QOTSA) on AXS TV here (please check local listings) or watch it on your computer at AXS.tv. The full schedule for the festival can be found here and a map here. Pictures from Coachella Weekend 1: QOTSA Photo by: Kevin Winter
Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington of Darkside, played their Coachella debut Saturday night in the Gobi tent. Watch the full 48-minute set (featuring 5 songs from last year's Psychic) below:
The first weekend of Coachella 2014 is underway! Catch Queens of the Stone Age TONIGHT, April 12th, at 9:40pm PST on the Coachella Stage and then RUN over to Gobi to catch DARKSIDE at 10:50pm PST. Portions of the festival are streaming live on YouTube, including tonight's QOTSA set. The full schedule for the festival can be found here and a map here.
Darkside unveiled a remix of St. Vincent's "Digital Witness" this past weekend, in the wake of other news from the band. Listen to it via Nicolas Jaar's imprint Other People. One half of Darkside, Dave Harrington announced his upcoming solo EP Before This There Was One Heart But a Thousand Thoughts, on Twitter. Look for it May 5th via Other People. Also, check out the new single "Don't Tell Me" from Jarr's Just Friends project, a collaboration Sasha Spielberg. Be sure to watch Darkside's set from Nantes, France that was filmed thanks to La Blogothèque and ARTETV. Catch them on tour through this summer. April Wednesday 02 – Sydney, EY – The Hi-Fi Friday 04 – Melbourne, NE – The Palace Theatre Sunday 06 – Singapore, RE – Scape Tuesday 08 – Hong Kong, NG – Music Zone Saturday 12 – Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Saturday 19 – Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Muisc & Arts Festival May Friday 30 – Barcelona, NA – Primavera Sound Festival June Thursday 05 – Porto, TO – Optimus Primavera Sound Sunday 22 – Hvar, AR – For Festival Wednesday 25 – Athens, NS – Ejekt Festival Thursday 26 – Maeseille, LE – Rock Island Festival July Thursday 03 – Gdynia, IA – Open’er Festival Saturday 05 – Amsterdam, AM – Pitch Festival Sunday 13 – Rotterdam, AM – North Sea Jazz Festival Thursday 17 – Dour, UR – Dour Festival Friday 25 – Nigata, TA – Fuji Rock Festival August Friday 08 – Helsinki, KI – Flow Festival Saturday 09 – Olso, SO – Oya Festival Sunday 10 – Skipton, ON – Beacons Festival Friday 15 – London, ON – Jabberwocky Sunday 17 – Budapest, ST – Sziget Festival
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.