Review Summary: Jaar doesn't dissappoint
You may have heard Daft Punk’s latest record Random Access Memories if you weren’t living under a rock this summer. However if you were looking under a rocks this summer, you may have actually heard of an album spoof of Random Access Memories this summer comically entitled Random Access Memories Memories by Daftside. The album art play’s on the
original artwork, and is a diptych of half Darth Vader and half Yoda. Daftside, aka Darkside, is composed of wunderkind Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington. These musicians have found time enough to release another album entitled Psychic.
Psychic is a robust and driving that feels like a mix between James Blake and Burial with dabs of disco here and there. The vocals are a mix between the Harrington’s falsettos and Jaar’s throaty soulful whispers. It is largely ambient and begins with a finely crafted eleven minute track entitled “Golden Arrow.” A rhythmic track that with wave like bass and drums falling one after the other with the introduction of Harrington’s refreshing palm-muted guitar about a third of the way in. The following track Sitra is a nice minute long interlude between one of the staple tracks Heart. Pyschic is one of those albums that is slow moving, yet completely entertaining at the same time with tweaks and twists never leaving you bored.
Listening to this album is getting lost in an ocean; every now and then Jaar and Harrington masterfully weave in a monstrous yet steady storm that crashes slowly over you and breaks into powerful calm. There are upbeat moments where where you find yourself futilely trying to escape the storm behind you only to have it catch up to you and engulf in a duel of bass and vocals. So find yourself some good speakers and chase this storm; you won’t be disappointed.