Darkside
Psychic


4.5
superb

Review

by LargeTuna USER (7 Reviews)
October 10th, 2013 | 118 replies


Release Date: 10/08/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Space come to earth.

There’s a moment in “The Only Shrine I’ve Ever Seen,” about 2:40 in, when short bass clips begin. Nicolas Jaar’s voice croons softly over the beat for 45 seconds or so, and then the music stops save for a few reverberant guitar lines. The moment isn’t all that breath-taking. But it’s so damn precise and perfectly settled that when Dave Harringon’s guitar returns to boogie (and yes, that seems the appropriate word) a few seconds later it would be difficult for the riff to work any more effectively.

Moments like this one, littered throughout Psychic, are not even the highlight of Darkside’s inaugural LP. That would be the murky atmosphere encompassing the entire album, a mixture of Burial’s grimy streets and James Blake’s ethereal isolation. There are no tracks here like Daft Punk’s recent “Contact,” where from the outset it’s clear they want you careening out of the atmosphere. Instead, a needle-drop hiss permeates Psychic, almost as if Jaar and Harrington prefer to anchor their music to earth. And this is a good thing, because Psychic otherwise leads you carefully out to space. Opener “Golden Arrow” might be the best example – a slow-burner taking you gently where it wants to go. It never takes off until a third of the way through its 11 minute runtime, and even then it’s only a marching drum n’ bass that moves underneath Harrington’s guitar and the sputtering electronics. A pulsating bass line hits 7 minutes in, and though it’s not that monumental, it feels huge.

Psychic undoubtedly has futuristic tendencies: the waves of static in the opener or the shimmers of “Metatron.” Yet Jaar and Hamilton are not trying to break any barriers or do anything particularly new (except, maybe, the way they use the guitar). They are, however, pushing things forward. A sense of movement saturates Psychic even when the music is standing still. The whirl of “Golden Arrow’s” climax, the hand claps at the beginning of “The Only Shrine I’ve Ever Seen,” the tribal drums and weaving synthesizer of “Freak Go Home” – all these signal an album held together by an undeniable rhythm. But it’s tracks like “Heart” or “Paper Trails” that really hold everything together. They’re not standouts proper, but the bluesy guitar featured on both gives Psychic a soulful edge. And while the spacey sounds of “Freak, Go Home” glide us into the sky, this edge tethers Psychic to the ground. The interplay is simply striking.



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BigTuna
October 10th 2013


5161 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Haven't reviewed in probably 2 years, but this needed one. Let me know what you think! And listen to the album, obviously.

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PunchforPunch
October 10th 2013


6280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

sup homie how's life

klap
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2013


10545 Comments


damn he's back

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GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2013


6188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2 | Sound Off

yesssssssssssss album rules

BallsToTheWall
October 10th 2013


44797 Comments


Well now, doesn't this just sound fabulous.

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GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2013


6188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2 | Sound Off

ghetto fab

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2013


3492 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

fucking fantastic album, golden arrow is sex

good review too, have a pos.

loveisamixtape
October 10th 2013


6232 Comments


vocals are annoying when he goes all low

SpritzSpritz
October 10th 2013


528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck fuck fuck space is only noise was my aoty for 2011. i forgot about this.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
October 10th 2013


22034 Comments


saw this in a record store the other day as their "album of the month". might listen

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GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2013


6188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2 | Sound Off

you won't like it fish

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2013


6188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2 | Sound Off

grats on feacha tuna

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
October 10th 2013


22034 Comments


you won't like it fish

and why would that be

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2013


6188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2 | Sound Off

this album is really good

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2013


3492 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

BURN

gratz on feature which i may or may not have requested in the meds thread ;)

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
October 10th 2013


7026 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

record sounds great but is largely forgettable.

BigTuna
October 10th 2013


5161 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks errbody, and especially for the feature! And feature suggestion

Serapheus
October 11th 2013


251 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So fucking good!

Wadlez
October 11th 2013


4651 Comments


Downloading!

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 11th 2013


31480 Comments


Jaar core continues to be overhyped

Great writeup though

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