For its 10-year anniversary, and a few years after the band called it quits, Famous Class Records reissued “Yeah I Know” by Darlings as a highly limited 150-copy release on hand-poured colored wax.
Could we be seeing a turning point for the band? (A band, mind you, that I would elevate to the claim of being within my top five bands of all time.) Hint: quite possibly.
“Against the Day” is the band’s first new material since their 2017 LP Cry Cry Cry. In this post: hear the song, watch the video, and revisit their 2005 debut LP.
On “SÃ¥ Underbart Va Livet”, their first new material of 2019, the Swedish duo Club 8 continue with softly ambient melodies similar to what they gave us on their previous LP, Golden Island (2018).
The compilation is very well-rounded. The tagline dubs it â€œAn International Garage Band Compilationâ€, which is quite suiting as the bands included span the continents.
This isn’t a single to blast loudly. This isn’t a song for the outdoors. It’s one to play on an overcast fall day, much like today. In a place like here, a small town in NW Washington where the wind blows heavy and rain streams down icy and cold. It’s solitary, isolated. Alone.
These connections we make can be easy in today’s world (especially if you land more on the middle-ground ambivert end of introversion, as I do), but knowing and understanding ourselves may very well be the greatest challenge of all.
Gardiner’s style of writing is sometimes witty, filled with a wondrous humor, a lonely sadness, a fond goodbye. Creative and astute, unabashed at the blatantness of failure, of broken dreams, at one moment there’s an inside joke about an oddball frequent customer (Anacortes is filled with them) followed by a painful memory of crying in desperation in an empty, vacant shop.
It was the beginning of a self-inflicted dive down a rabbit hole of self-exploration and personal analysis. End goal: greater self-awareness. Never have I had such a potently powerful musical experience!
To say that 2018 has been somewhat of a tumultuous year would be an understatement. It’s been erratic and transformative for sure, filled with chaos and excitement and monumental, life changing catalysts. Upheaval, though, doesn’t have to be a bad thing. But even good, it requires periods of adjustment, rejuvenation, and contemplation–especially for a classic…