8 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A work of intriguing extremes and sometimes-jarring contrasts, Psychic makes the most of Chilean-born electronic music auteur Nicolas Jaar and guitarist/keyboardist Dave Harrington’s divergent but complementary musical instincts. As the duo DARKSIDE, the two explore sonic vistas that touch on avant-garde minimalism, primal blues, dubstep, and the odder fringes of techno pop with a feel for texture that gives their work an almost physical presence. An eerie sort of grandeur (and a droll sense of humor) is evident in tracks like “Heart” and “Paper Trails,” built around furtive vocals, insinuating guitar riffs, and brittle, insistent beats. There’s an evocative, soundtrack-like quality to a number of these pieces, particularly the sinister, slowly unfolding “Golden Arrow” and the itchy film noir–esque snippet “Greek Light.” At times, the duo seems to be both celebrating and subverting familiar genres, as the fragmented ‘70s-style funk of “Freak, Go Home” indicates. Psychic ends up in a spacy zone with “Metatron,” a coolly hypnotic number that’s a fragile as glass and as enveloping as North Atlantic fog.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

A work of intriguing extremes and sometimes-jarring contrasts, Psychic makes the most of Chilean-born electronic music auteur Nicolas Jaar and guitarist/keyboardist Dave Harrington’s divergent but complementary musical instincts. As the duo DARKSIDE, the two explore sonic vistas that touch on avant-garde minimalism, primal blues, dubstep, and the odder fringes of techno pop with a feel for texture that gives their work an almost physical presence. An eerie sort of grandeur (and a droll sense of humor) is evident in tracks like “Heart” and “Paper Trails,” built around furtive vocals, insinuating guitar riffs, and brittle, insistent beats. There’s an evocative, soundtrack-like quality to a number of these pieces, particularly the sinister, slowly unfolding “Golden Arrow” and the itchy film noir–esque snippet “Greek Light.” At times, the duo seems to be both celebrating and subverting familiar genres, as the fragmented ‘70s-style funk of “Freak, Go Home” indicates. Psychic ends up in a spacy zone with “Metatron,” a coolly hypnotic number that’s a fragile as glass and as enveloping as North Atlantic fog.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
110 Ratings

110 Ratings

Pat96714 ,

Amazing

Been listening to this album on First Listen from NPR. Amazing! Starting playing it yesterday and listened to it all the way through about 6 or 7 times. Creates this feeling like it's in the background, setting the mood, and then it just sort of creeps out from the void and grabs you. Then it slowly lets you go until it's ready to come back and grab you again. Very much the same feeling I get from listening to Pink Floyd, but with an electronic vibe. Can't wait to own it.

Antherdaywsted ,

Fantastic

It's just intergalactic.

taylorjt ,

Delicious, weirdly dance-inducing, perfect

...fave album of 2013 I dare say... (widespread gasping)

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