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Darkside lose themselves in the groove of “Ecdysis!”

Nicolás Jaar and Dave Harrington’s new single comes from the sessions for their 2021 album, Spiral.

January 18, 2022
Darkside lose themselves in the groove of “Ecdysis!” Nicholas Jaar and Dave Harrington (Darkside). Photo by Jed DeMoss.  

Darkside have shared "Ecdysis!," a previously unreleased single recorded during the sessions for their July 2021 album, Spiral. That LP came eight years after the duo of Chilean producer/vocalist Nicolás Jaar and North American multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington released their collaborative full-length debut, 2013's Psychic. They formed its foundation in 2018, when they sequestered themselves in a small house in Flemington, New Jersey and made a song a day.

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"Ecdysis!" didn't make Spiral's final tracklist, which makes sense: The rambling, six-and-a-half-minute jam is a different breed from the sparser, more impressionistic songs that populate the record. But it clearly comes from the same DNA, Harrington's alien guitar tones toeing the border of Jaar's electronic world but never quite stepping across the line. For his part, Jaar alternates between a smooth, affectless tenor and a sensuous falsetto, riding close to the instrumental for the track's full duration.

Listen below.

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Darkside lose themselves in the groove of “Ecdysis!”