Darlings, “Mein the Sky”

Amelia Pitcherella

Brooklyn’s Darlings have been prolific and diverse in the time since their first release some five years ago. They’ve been making waves with a sound that hits a happy medium between slacker rock and twee pop, but they’ve never been the type to hang onto one genre or subgenre for too long.

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The second single off January’s upcoming full-length Feel Better sees them leaving some of the fuzz behind—at least momentarily—but provides ample assurance that they’ve kept all their familiar sweetness. Vocalist Peter Rynsky said of “Mein the Sky” that it represents a more mature approach to the group’s style, and this approach shines through clearly in the arrangement and refined sound. A driving undercurrent of bass and drums sets a steady pace for shifts between clean and crisp guitar chords and amped-up riffs, all of which lead into a vibrant, optimistic solo section with hints of surf rock. We can hear Rynsky’s voice at its calmest and clearest here, and with good reason—the band really has established their groove, making the concluding line “It’s better now, we’ve found our place” all the more meaningful. It’s hard to resist a track that sounds so much like summertime.

Feel Better is due out in January, the first release by brand-new imprint Wild Canary Records.

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