Darkside is Nicolas Jaar (wunderkind DJ/producer/composer) and touring guitarist Dave Harrington, back together after a side-project’s side-project as Daftside – reworking Random Access Memories down into a form of pleather lounge music. Here with full-length album, Psychic, the duo delivers on aspects of their earlier EP and Daft Punk reconstruction with prog rock for the dance floor; dance music for the comedown. Opening cut, Golden Arrow, rolls out over nearly 12 minutes, it’s the dominant track on the album – it takes its time to meander into a glistening groove, but that’s a wonderful journey. There’s a hint of what could have once been Jean Michel Jarre’s Equinoxe but it’s spun into Can-meets-Floyd for the iPhone crowd. With vocals by a punch-drunk, slurring Bowie impersonator
In fact if The Flaming Lips’ The Terror was one wicked acid trip then this is the next day, stoned over, slowly coming down, watching old clips.
The mood established on the album opener rolls over into the rest of the album, clipped, blunted funk nods its head here and there and at times I think of Northern Exposure if the relentless pulse was removed. Actually, it doesn’t hurt to think of the finally-found-it/here-it-is subdued grooves of Paper Trails and The Only Shrine I’ve Seen as being what might happen if Sasha and John Digweed remixed Can.
Freak, Go Home is a strange mix of hypnotic groove, static and field recordings, Greek Light is like a leftover from Aphex Twins’ Drukqs album (an album of intentional leftovers) and Melatron reminds of when Air released one of the best Pink Floyd albums ever.
So fucking good – and likely to (finally) replace Nicolas Jaar’s wonderful Essential Mix from 2012 as my background-in-the-foreground late night/early morning/all day go-to chill pill.