Nicolas Jaar’s Supergroup Darkside Heads Out On Psychic Tour This Winter

January 6th, 2014


Darkside Psychic Tour
With the release of their newest album, ‘Psychic,’ in October, American DJ duo Darkside is taking their mellow electronic music on a North American tour. Composed of electronic musician Nicolas Jaar and instrumentalist Dave Harrington,  the duo’s unique minimalism is due to their varying musical abilities. Jaar has a strong techno background, having released 8 EPs by the age of 21 of his own “blue-wave” style, a relaxed version of techno at around 100 BPM. Despite Darkside’s main classification as electronic, Harrington’s experience ranges from classic jazz to performance art.
As you’d expect, Jaar’s pairing with Harrington was a lucky one. Jaar was looking for a new sound and asked a friend who the best musician he knew was – and got directed to Harrington. After a brief “audition” where Jaar had the bassist play along to a beat, Jaar knew he found what he was looking for. The duo debuted in December 2011 in a sold out show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg for a set that stretched three tracks into an one-hour performance.
Incorporating Jaar’s “blue-wave” with Harrington’s jazz and rock influences, ‘Psychic’ takes a tour around minimalist electro-rock. Tracks range from somber instrumentals to epic-length driving adventures, incorporating guitar, organs, and experimental sounds at a steady pace of 100 BPM. Their innovative sound combines the best of Jaar’s and Harrington’s extensive musical backgrounds into a rock-driven techno flow. It’s no surprise that ‘Psychic’ was rated an 8.0 on Pitchfork and listed as one of the Top 50 Albums of 2013, as well as peaking on the Billboard charts in the top 10 US Dance albums, top 5 Heatseekers, top 50 Independent albums, and Billboard Top 200. Their tracks are an experience that can only be heightened in a club setting, incorporating soft rock riffs and reminiscent vocals.
The tour will be a solid combination of a club show and a rock show, including a live DJ set by Jaar (hopefully including his live vocals on ‘Paper Trails’) and instrumental accompaniment by Harrington. Taking into Darkside’s experimental nature, the lighting will be unique for each location, with lights and projections reflecting off a large, rounded mirror into the crowd.



One notable project by Darkside is their recent ‘Random Access Memories Memories,’ an interpretation of Daft Punk’s recent album. The project, listed under the pseudonym “Daftside,” remixes the album with Darkside’s dark, rock-inspired sound, hollowing out the flourishes, bells, and whistles that gave the Daft Punk album its commercial sound and giving it new life as an underground album.




2/6 (Thur): Union Transfer, Philadelphia

2/7 (Fri): Paradise Rock Club, Boston

2/8 (Sat): Terminal 5, NYC


Full tour dates here



Written by contributor Sarah Ribeiro.

With a love of dance music stemming from countless years of dance lessons and bass-thumping car rides with her music-obsessed father, Sarah Ribeiro is a Hartford-raised music addict who moved to Boston in the pursuit of a supportive and open nightlife scene. A passion for learning and a willingness to grow has pulled her out of her trancehead sphere and exposed her to a crazy variety of music and introduced her to some of the most amazing people (and events) Boston has to offer. A writer and social mediac, her main interests are music, literature, technology, art, and her first love: the city of Boston.

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