After a flying visit to the UK at the end of January to play a sold out album launch show at The Courtyard Theatre in London, and appearing at the AMAUK Awards (The Americana Music Associated UK), alt-folk quartet Darlingside have announced details of a new single ‘Best Of The Best Of Times’, a handful of UK and Ireland dates for May 2018, a headline appearance at Shepherds Bush Empire in November, and appearances at Cambridge Folk Festival and Belladrum Festival in August.
Their third album ‘Extralife’ was released in February via More Doug Records/Thirty Tigers in February.
Where their previous album ‘Birds Say’ was steeped in childhood nostalgia and the loss of innocence, ‘Extralife’ finds Darlingside looking to the future with an almost post-apocalyptic view. They explore hard truths from societal issues and politics to environmental concerns and religious tensions as catalysts for the life to which we could potentially be destined. At the core of ‘Extralife’ the deepest questions remain: does anything we do matter or make a difference? Are we resigned to fate or are we able to change the future? While the subject matter may seem bleak, it is addressed with artistic beauty and grace and ‘Extralife’ is not without an underlying sense of hope and optimism.
Pensive and poetic lyrics are delivered with divine harmonies reminiscent of the Beach Boys, Fleet Foxes and Simon & Garfunkel. Seamless vocals and masterful musicianship create an ambient, dreamlike atmosphere. In concert, Darlingside – Don Mitchell, Auyon Mukharji, Harris Paseltiner, and David Senft – is unique; the merging of their four voices into a single microphone and instrumental interplay is something to behold. Their undeniable charm and wit only endearing them further to anyone who sees them
19th – Evanston, IL – S.P.A.C.E.
20th – Dale, TX – Old Settlers Music Fest
22nd – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West