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The Massachusetts-based string-rock quintet Darlingside presents Pilot Machines.
The album's title comes from lyrics that touch on the themes of people, places,
humans and machines.
Darlingside consists of David Senft, vocals and guitar; Harris Paseltiner,
cello, guitar and vocals; Auyon Mukharji, mandolin, violin and vocals; Don
Mitchell, guitar and vocals; and Sam Kapala, drums and vocals. The group members
went to college in Massachusetts and had all played music together in various
combinations over the course of their education. "It wasn't until we'd all
graduated that we came together as a full-fledged band, though, and we hadn't
played together as a five-man unit until we set up our basement rehearsal
space," Kapala told the Portland (Maine) Press Herald in an interview.
For its new album Darlingside brought in some producing firepower. The group
teamed up with producer Nathaniel Kunkel (Sting, Crosby/Nash, Maroon 5) through
an unusual connection: "His mom is our lawyer. She lives in Northampton, and she
passed our self-recorded EP along to Nate, and he got in touch to say he was
intrigued and wanted to chat about making a record together," Kapala said. "...
to end up on a Skype video chat with him just a few weeks later was a pipe dream
Pilot Machines features a diverse musical menu. "Drowning Elvis," has a very
spaced-out drum groove, lots of strings and a clean guitar sound. The lyrics are
adapted from a poem written by one of Mitchell's high school roommates, and the
arrangement is the product of many hours in the basement of the home they share
in Hadley, Mass., "grinding through different options and making tough choices
about bass notes and guitar chords," Kapala said. Other tunes, "The Woods" and "Ava,"
both have really big loud moments. "The Woods" showcases unique vocal harmonies,
"a crazy violin part over the final verse," and a short spaced-out outro with
some heavily processed vocal pads.
• Numbered, Limited Edtion - 500 Copies
• 200g Vinyl
• Hand-printed jacket
• 45rpm Double LP
• Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
LP1 - Side A:
2. The Woods
3. Drowning Elvis
LP1 - Side B:
2. The Company We Keep
3. Blow the House Down
LP2 - Side C:
1. Only Echoes
2. When Fortune Comes
3. My Love
LP2 - Side D:
1. Terrible Things
2. The Ancestor
3. Sweet and Low