2nd July | The Lantern
If you wish you were still at Glastonbury, then you can glimpse a shimmer of last weekend’s light in the form of Massachusetts-based quartet, Darlingside at The Lantern on Sunday. If you were chilling in Pilton, you may have caught them on the Avalon Stage on Friday, sandwiched between Jesca Hoop and Sophie Ellis-Bextor. If you weren’t being earthy at Worthy Farm, you may have caught them playing ‘Go Back’ live in the rain in the BBC studio, at one o’clock on Saturday morning. Taken from their 2015 album, Birds Say, it brought them all together, around a single condenser microphone, combining their voices in subtle, playful, dextrous harmonies.
Comprised of bassist Dave Senft, guitarist and banjo player Don Mitchell, violinist and folk mandolinist Auyon Mukharji and cellist and guitar picker Harris Paseltiner, they blend shades of 60s folk, bluegrass, indie rock and chamber pop for an unpredictable and pleasingly eclectic sound. They take their name from an old teacher’s view that if you fall in love with something you’ve written, then that’s dangerous and you should cross it out. The idea of ‘killing your darlings’ went from the neologism ‘darlingcide’ to the current spelling – the single consonant change taking them a significant step away from sounding like a screamo band and hinting towards their wistfulness and beautiful melancholy.
Catch them on the penultimate date of their current UK tour at The Lantern. If you can’t make it, get stuck into their 2016 EP, Whippoorwill, for a micro-festival in your own ears.
Check out ‘Whippoorwill’ live below.