Darkside

psychic

Darkside is the collaboration of electronic musician Nicolas Jaar and Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington who met as students at Brown University. Harrington was recommended to Jaar by frequent collaborator Will Epstein when he was looking for a third musician for his live band, with the three subsequently touring together to support Jaar’s 2011 album ‘Space Is Only Noise.’

Darkside first formed during a Berlin stop on this tour. Jaar and Harrington were writing in their hotel room together when their converter plug popped, filling their room with smoke and forcing them to finish the song in the hallway on a laptop. Upon returning to New York, they continued to write together, developing their sound in their Brooklyn studio.

Their first release as Darkside, the three-song ‘Darkside EP,’ was released in late 2011. Jaar has described the project as blues-oriented and more guitar influenced than his previous work, stating in an interview with ‘i-D’ magazine that ‘Darkside’ is ‘the closest thing to rock & roll I’ve ever done.’ ‘Stereogum’ has described the duo’s sound as ‘dubbed-out jazzbo junkyard fuzz.’ ‘Pitchfork’ has credited the project with allowing Jaar to transition forward into a ‘proggier and more narcotic-sounding’ space while still maintaining his unique aesthetic, in part due to Harrington’s influence.

The duo released their second collaboration ‘Random Access Memories Memories’ in 2013. The project, which was uploaded to a SoundCloud account under the pseudonym ‘DaftSide,’ is a remix of Daft Punk’s 2013 album ‘Random Access Memories’ in its entirety. Darkside’s debut album ‘Psychic’ was released in October of 2013. The album was recorded over the course of two years between Jaar’s home in New York City, Harrington’s family barn in Upstate New York, and a space in Paris where they would stay between tours.

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