|Darkstar / Photo ©|
Elevating sounds for weakened bodies and souls
A chilly evening like an Italian gelato on my skin, London beginning December.
I make my way round the Corsica Studios' mystery shabby corner, behind Elephant & Castle's ugly urban giants, to reach a room still empty of fans.
My muesli and rice milk handed to the box office for safekeeping (no shopping bags allowed in the main concert area), I feel burned out after a long day at work, sitting, lame fruit juice at hand, on the wooden bank, at the bar, on the soft-as-heaven couch, on the concrete floor, restless and impatient, waiting for the band to start. I notice eventually the dj plays some cool stuff, and the concrete floor starts feeling way more comfortable after all.
Before I know it, Darkstar are out, and I beg to myself that they don't play all too many cheerful stuff... I didn't entirely disapprove of their second recording News From Nowhere, out this year on Warp, and I definitely wouldn't want to rush and kill the trio's much-discussed colourful and jolly evolution, but there's no denying that I, too, had fallen head over heels for their slow-burning, dark-tempo debut North back in 2010. I needed it back.
And they did it.
|News From Nowhere cover / Photo ©|
Darkstar's sound is attractive because it's emotionally tantalizing but essentially uncomplicated. You can retrace your high-school years, all the way to your present and your present nostalgia, while the soundtrack to your strengths and insecurities unfolds. They're the guys next door, they know - and they can put it in mesmerising notes.
...That dj eventually picked up, after the show, with Cocteau Twins and other nameless traveling electronica that hit all the right buttons - making me nail my tired feet on the concrete floor until all music was dead and gone...