Darkside is back. Kind of.
The duo, producer Nicolas Jaar and multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington, blew minds worldwide with their spatial, spooky, deep and driving blend of electronic instrumentation and jammy guitar, earning wide-eyed praise from any who saw them live during a too-brief tenure that produced one EP, a single album (Psychic) and a pair of LP outtakes.
The guys haven’t made much noise since playing their last show in September 2014, with both focusing on their solo work during the past six years. That changed Thursday (Nov. 5). Released across streaming platforms Thursday morning via Jaar’s Other People label, Darkside has dropped the full recording of a live performance from July 17, 2014.
“Earlier this year we found a recording of one of our last live shows from 2014,” the duo stated today via social media. “It was recorded by our longtime live engineer V. Galloway and has been mixed and mastered by R. Becker. We’ve put it up for free on Bandcamp & wherever you like to stream music.” The note ends with the cryptic, hopeful sign-off “talk soon.”
As we all obsessively refresh the news for election updates, let the recording transport you to a headier time when Obama was running the country and we were all able to gather en masse without risk of death. The recording features noodley versions of six of the eight tracks from Psychic: “Freak, Go Home,” “The Only Shrine I’ve Seen,” “Heart,” “Metatron,” “Paper Trails” and “Golden Arrow,” with Harrington delivering particularly face-melting guitar work on the nearly ten minute version of “Heart.”