Kelly Barnes, Brian Cole, Chris Young, Chris Spencer and Michael Martinez from Austin in the USA form the dark-wave-rock band Darkbird.

Darkbird - dark-wave-rock from the USA


I don’t often lead with a comment on the vocal, but, it is sublime and needs a paragraph of its own as it spires Darkbird from ‘of interest’ to ‘must add to the playlist’. The emotional context of the out-put of the quintet is defined by the voice which spirits its way across octaves ebbing and flowing from melodic to spoken commentary. The pointed reference points drive their way to the stirrup prior to massaging the cochlea.

Aside from the vocal Darkbird deliver a delicious bass that melts like a dark chocolate over the steaming water of the synths accompanied by gilded guitar as the percussion deepens the resolution and the audience is left in becalmed wonderment.

Stretching into the second year of their existence, what was initially a duo has become a munificence of creativity with the additional players. A couple of releases behind them, a single and a five track EP – I Remember Feeling My Fingers Slip (available on bandcamp), which surfaced last month, sets up Darkbird for a memorable 2016 and I look forward to future material.


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