Darkside   Spiral
3.6
great
Release Date: 2021
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4.0 excellentGene Gol-Jonsson CONTRIBUTOR | November 5th 21

Darkside's newest I've been quite battling with for the last few months. On the surface level I really enjoy it in all its surface-level glory. I love the textured production layers, the wallowing krautrock signatures all over the record, its erotic marriage of instrumental neo-psych and Nicholas Jaar's electronic Nicholas Jaar-isms. But quite inevitably it is doomed to be compared with Darkside's first outing. 'Psychic' was such an instantaneous powerhouse that had Nicholas Jaar's name been attached to the band name, even his solo work would've been inevitably forever compared to that album. Most of the issue I've had with the aforementioned "battling" with this album was due to my not being able to shake off the impressions of 'Psychic' still having stretched my penetrated ear holes with its thick muscular meaty goodness. So I am cutting 'Spiral' some due slack here and calling it what it is: catchy as fuck abstracto-pop album from very prolific musicians coming together once again to deliver an album as close to the quality of its predecessor as possible. Tl;dr it's good, y'all be trippin

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3.6 greatErwann S. STAFF | August 5th 21

So glimmering and atmospheric and psychedelic aaaaah but there ain't no structure but it's catchy in its experimentation yes it's good.

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3.5 greatajcollins15 | July 28th 21

This is an impressively deep and rich art rock and neo-psychedelia record with impressive experimental elements. But, this is also a record with a whole lot of experimentation that really doesn?t seem all that necessary. There are a lot of truly breathtaking and mind-bending musical progressions and movements on this project, but some of the tracks kind of build into nothing. When I remember that this is Nicolas Jaar we are talking about I am reminded why his music is so impressively rich while also being increasingly patient testing. Still, many of the tracks here are very impressive and have a great melody to them. Just always wish there was something more to his music. I will say this could grow on me if I continue to listen to it?big if.

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3.5 greatbigguytoo9 | July 23rd 21

prob give this a low 3.5, digging the album but it's nothing mindblowing

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