Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Birds Say

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Birds Say

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Darlingside

Birds Say

Thirty Tigers

Adventurous indie-folk with spectacular harmonies

On a diverse set that ranges from gentle folkish tunes to numbers that show classical, country, and indie-rock influences, the Massachusettsbased quartet Darlingside combines glistening harmonies with a largely acoustic-based musical foundation (guitar, banjo, mando, violin, cello, harmonium, and piano are just some of the instruments employed, along with electric guitar, bass, organ, and Wurlitzer). The lyrics are occasionally opaque, but not maddeningly so- the poetry fits the always-sublime group vocals that soar and float above what are often spare instrumental beds, occasionally augmented by semi-psychedelic electronic touches and plenty of atmospheric reverb. It's dreamy and opensounding, but it also has an unmistakable momentum, even with nary a drum kit in sight. …

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