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Psychic

DarksideAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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“I thought I was making a dance record.“
“I thought I was making a rock record.“
“We both failed.”

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. ... Read more in Amazon's Darkside Store

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  • Audio CD (October 8, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B00EDX5QNG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,506 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Golden Arrow
2. Sitra
3. Heart
4. Paper Trails
5. The Only Shrine I've Got
6. Freak, Go Home
7. Greek Light
8. Metatron

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Darkside is the collaborative duo of critically acclaimed electronic artist Nicolas Jaar and guitarist/composer Dave Harrington. Darkside summon a hybrid of electronic music, psychedelic rock, and dance floor techno with the sort of artistic depth and breadth for which the term "progressive" was coined. Darkside's first full-length album released on Nico's own Other People label in conjunction with Matador Records is called Psychic. Darkside's Psychic is a watershed moment for the duo, a quantum leap forward from their 3-song debut, 2011's Darkside EP.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece of soothing and foreboding October 10, 2013
Format:Audio CD
For immediate disclosure of my ignorance, I was drawn to this album because of Nicolas Jaar. Only by the the power of the internet I learned about Dave Harrington. The generous will hopefully see this as a 'yes' moment, when two musicians that inhabit complementary yet distinct circles, through collaboration, have drawn people together. I consume my share of blogs and follow a cluster of sites dedicated to music. Ultimately and, I suspect, inevitably, I fail at grasping the entirety of great talent that exists, regardless of genre. Not that I aspire to connect all the dots. It is impossible. If only I could taste slivers, millions of slivers, of contemporary music, however small. Perhaps then, even if I did not know it all, I would know enough. Yes, I am a dabbler. I like this and that. I am not the guy who follows every musician inside the (for example) Joy Division gravitational pull. But that is not to say that I do not fall deeply in love with a song, an album, or a musician.

Darkside's Psychic is Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington being awesome. Excellent music writers writing for excellent music sites have already said excellent things about this music. High satisfaction. I love Jaar's sense of texture. I love the clarity with which Jaar can convey emotion while playing with a rich texture. Imagine a painter using thick blobs of paint, richly strewn across the canvass, bright blue orange red green yellow, coalescing into one very simple structure. In the 1890's, rural southern France, it might be a church. I am not equating Jaar with Van Gogh. But I see a shared fascination of how the texture and color, enriched, are a source of meaning and clarity. I love it.

But I've been "all about" Jaar. Only because I know Jaar - or at least I have known *of* Jaar before Harrington. But now, given this album, I want to know about Harrington.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genre Salad December 9, 2013
By Dave
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Its like... Blues... yet also like black ambient... yet also like psychedelic... yet also like industrial... how did they make such a great mix of styles???
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting October 17, 2013
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
At first I thought this would be great ambient Halloween music. Then it turned into, well, something psychedelic. Always nice to hear something completely different, although it may be a throwback too as it sounds 60 trippyish.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant October 14, 2013
Format:Audio CD
Psychic seamlessly melds multiple genres (house, psychedelica and so on) into one atmospheric and monstrous album. Some of the licks and the tit-for-tat guitar and beat work on this LP are forces to be dealt with. One moment you're drifting among colourful particles of sound and the next you're inside a warped and malicious world reminiscent of Knopfler's style. This not to say that Psychic copies their influences, but more so it grasps the emotional or cathartic highs of those idols and genres, stips them of any non-essential qualities and puts them on elegant display.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Like Jaar's Space Is Only Noise, on Psychic he uses computer processing, and sounds which read as associated with electronic music: empty-warehouse clangs, distant echoing vocal snippets, reverberating bells, fragments of ghostly melodies, combined with sampling techniques, and a general approach to texture and building of listener anticipation that might usually be found in deep house music. Though his seemingly boundless creativity and deliberative touch easily put him in a league above most of his peers, his use of these techniques and sounds within unexpected styles of music is another quality that sets Jaar apart.

Perhaps this is why his collaboration with Harrington works so well, and also why this album is difficult to categorize. For example, "Golden Arrow" begins subtly, with vocals and metallic percussion echoing faintly in a cavernous space. It builds gradually but is consistently fascinating, filled with small sonic details, shifting almost imperceptibly between digital and acoustic samples (too many to list here and beyond my capabilities to describe, but including cello, dialtone-like sustained organ, a grainy vinyl crackle, Jaar's own breathing?). The first third of the song reminded me a bit of something that the similarly hard-to-categorize Jacaszek (see Glimmer) might do. It doesn't really settle into a groove until six minutes in, but when it does, it's incredible, and it becomes a neon, late night driving song (see Night Drive) accented by a deliciously watery bass and Harrington's muted guitar.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite album of 2013 November 30, 2013
By sarah
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My favourite album of 2013 is Psychic by Darkside. It's electro-dream-sound scape rock with enough ProSounds twiddles, blips and hiss to make it psychedelia. It's also just a good place to escape: electro-trance that, one expects, is played at an after-, after-party in the Balearics or Goa or wherever else rich people go to dance their headaches off.

Like all good albums it's made up from a patchwork of influences that add up to something bright and new. Bits of Psychic are like Can's Future Days dissembled by XX or Young Marble Giants. The guitar parts float in from P-Funk's magnificent Maggot Brain while most of it is re-imagined `90s and `00s rock-tronica (think Underworld, Aphex Twin and Portishead rather than Moby or Norman Cook).

A few of the tracks can only really be described as odd (Greek Light and Sitra) but when the album gets going and back to the beat it really rocks. For me there's been nothing quite as interesting, musically, this year.

IMHO, Psychic and particularly the key tracks Golden Arrow, Paper Trails and Freak, Go Home are the latest entrants into the pantheon of space-rock. Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon is the obvious reference here and Psychic builds on that some 40 years later. While the mechanics, the instruments and the voices are different the album art and the fragmentation suggest space, disconnection and disorientation. Like Floyd, Darkside's sound scapes are either otherworldly and ethereal or homely, comfortable and numb. But, unlike Floyd, Psychic seems to offer closure and, through that, satisfaction and contentment. If all rock music is about release the perfect audience for this album are moon-miners, home exhausted but happy after a hard day scrabbling for meteors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best Played Loud
I don't own much techno/trance style music however I thought I'd give this a shot and glad I did. Full of spatial sound textures. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars four point nine
I just don't care for that nick cave voice I don't know why I don't mind it from nick cave. somebody said eric clapton plus nic jaar which is weird for an album by nic jaar and a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Dermeyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Put on your headphones
This is a tasty offering of pure, stereophonic, audiophile-friendly electronic, warm psychedelia. It has been touted as an "alternative" Electronica- based companion piece... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Missing Accomplice
2.0 out of 5 stars overrrated, smoke and mirrors
there is plenty of style and atmosphere but not a lot of substance on this album. it feels like musical smoke and mirrors, the wizard of oz, with little rhythmic invention or... Read more
Published 7 months ago by intrnlmdnyc
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Macaroni this album is gewd
I figured this album would be good since Nicolas Jaar is part of it... and it is. Two musical geniuses doin wut dey do.
Published 7 months ago by andrew
4.0 out of 5 stars Great winter and nighttime driving music
Bass & drum heavy the way I like it, moody and dark, but still soothing and relaxing. Feels fresh and new, but still familiar. Looking forward to hear future releases.
Published 7 months ago by Nice Guy Eddie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great songs!
I heard a few songs and bought this album thinking it was the new Pink Floyd...I don't think it's quite that caliber but I think it is very very good. Read more
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