Darkside - Psychic  [Album Review]

Darkside: Psychic [Album Review]

Words by Jacqui Wonder.

Thanks to the very cool backdrop of the Sydney Observatory when I first listened to this album I cannot not think of outer space when listening to this imaginative and truly original album; the second brainchild of rocker Dave Harrington and electronic wunderkind Nicolas Jaar. Do not rush Psychic, strap in and travel through the galaxy with Darkside.

Opening track ‘Golden Arrow’ is my pick of the album, it’s the longest, but also the one you cannot miss if you really want to get under the skin of Psychic. ‘Golden Arrow’ will take you on a journey through electronic, funk, blues, rock, ambient and will continuously surprise you throughout.

Bluesy and understated, ‘Heart’ builds and builds upon a classic guitar riff, strong percussion and light, teasing vocals, making it one of my favourites along with ‘Paper Trails’ – a brief stop in funky town with some refreshingly deep vocals and haunting backing synth.

Blink and you’ll miss ‘Sitra’, and you can probably skip ‘Metatron’ and ‘The Only Shrine I’ve Seen’ too but under no circumstances hit the double arrows on ‘Freak, Go Home’ – its infectious bass line and beat are given freaky and inventive ornamentation throughout and leave you with a sense of deja vu reserved for the likes of ‘Labyrinth’.

Psychic is not so much an album as an experience – keep an open mind and enjoy.

Rating: ★★★

Psychic is available now around the globe thanks to Modular Recordings.

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