DARLING. is the bedroom project of Caitlin Finn (ex-Dorothy and Dog) and Joel Glazebrook (Edith Thomas Furey – a long time favourite here at Backseat Mafia), and features music that has a dark post-punk edge. They have just released a double single that showcases their brooding enigmatic sound: an edgy and goth-tinged sonic beast that prowls and paces in the half-light. It’s an intriguing underground soundscape antithetical to the blindingly bright Queensland sunshine.
Like some ancient madrigal, ‘Illusions’ has a quiet reflective pace and dreamy lyrics that evokes a sense of Brisbane’s aquatic environment, yet cloaked in an ominous drone:
Sweet sand under linen and skin
Waves of death over life within
Salty, brows and lips
Ocean black, calling my name
In contract, ‘Isolating’ has a jagged edge with a prowling restless bass and sharp crystalline guitars that carve their way into the air. Finn’s vocals are urgent and expressive with a mysterious expression as she repeatedly asks where are you? under scything, excoriating guitars.
The result has something of the night about it: brooding and ominous like thunderous clouds drifting in over the horizon, accompanied by a delicious Antarctic chill.
You can catch DARLING. in the flesh launching the release on 12 May at the fittingly named Netherworld along with Sacred Hearts – details and tickets here.
Feature Photograph: Sarah Gunn