Darkside Channel Rockabilly Soul on 'Paper Trails'

Nicolas Jaar sings like Chris Isaak on new song from 'Psychic' LP

Darkside Nicolas Jaar 'Paper Trails' Stream Psychic
From the cover of Darkside's 'Psychic' album Matador/Other People
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Nicolas Jaar has shared a fresh vision for his Darkside project with guitarist Dave Harrington. While the duo's first move this year was a full-album remix of Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, and their second salvo came in the form of a mighty 11-minute instrumental, new song "Paper Trails" exposes a more streamlined sound. The song begins with some moody groove and guitar-play not far off from the coiffed rockabilly soul of Chris Isaak.

Jaar affects a slight, apropos sneer as he sings, "I told you I would catch you ... I told you I would find you." The New Yorker's electronic touch is ostensibly minimal here, confined mostly to accentuating beats and deepening textures. It's a great look, and even more reason to be keep an ear out for Darkside's October 8 debut album, Psychic, which arrives as a joint release between Matador and Jaar's own Other People imprint.

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