Listen – Tim Darcy: “Joan, Pt. 1,2”

From Debut Album Saturday Night

Feb 19, 2017
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Amidst a showering of new releases in the past couple of days, including records from Animal Collective, Sun Kil Moon and Jens Leckman, Tim Darcy's debut Saturday Night ought to be noticed. Out on Jagjaguwar, the first proper solo album from the Ought frontman is a distinguished work. Comparisons to Lou Reed are clear, and the spirits of Iggy Pop, Mark E. Smith, Bert Janch and Jackson C Frank are also manifest through interpretatons of classic psych, punk and folk rock. The granular, lived in surfaces speak of an uncompomising fearlessness in creativity and engender full body responses that are unexpected. "Joan, Pt. 1,2" is a two part song containing the essence of Saturday Night. Listen above.

Hailing from Toronto, Canada – seriously, what's in the water up there? – but also by way of Arizona, Colorao and New Hampshire, Darcy is one to keep an ear out for. The music world needs more soldiers like him.

On Jagjaguwar's bio of Darcy, the impact of his new music is described aptly: " A personal meditation reveals itself across these songs as you feel a poetic, thoughtful person attempting to reconcile a schism, one that grows more expansive as Saturday Night flows along. It is a journey, but it's a really fun, gratifying one; like a poem where you're not supposed to know exactly how to feel at that last line and you're left just bursting with a wonderful emptiness."

"... Saturday Night feels not just coherent but constant. Each track is woven to the next in a winding, complex journey through a charged, continuous present. They feel as if they've been brought together by a strong impulse, recorded in a very particular moment. The bright, ghostly choir that lingers around the edges of the album and Tim's tuned-between-radio stations guitar appear as characters in a cast of songs that at times breathe like folk music and at others hit like full-band rock tunes." Previosly released album tracks were "Tall Glass of Water" and "Still Waking Up". Saturday Night is an authentic, animate record well worth the listen. – Charles Steinberg

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