The second album from London-based trio Darkstar is one of the most interesting electronic albums I’ve heard in a good while. Their previous album ‘North’ was brooding and dark, but at the same time very organic, like a parallel universe version of Animal Collective, with more linear ideas, and attention to strong structure. They are a evidently a tight knit band who happen to use electronic instruments, rather than being a congregating group of producers. Every part they play is for the greater good of the song, with bass, keys and percussion all playing off of each other, creating a unified, wholesome sound.
With News From Nowhere, they’ve become slightly more psychedelic. Brilliant rhythms on Timeaway, (above), and Amplified Ease are breathtaking, keeping a steady danceable beat, but interspersed with off-beat accents and hard-panned stabs of percussion, which create a sweeping, echoey backbone to the songs. The vocals carry stronger melodies than they did in ‘North’, and the instrumentation is a lot more varied and layered.
It could be summed up as simply a fascinating album, with enormous amounts of creativity and expression.