Paper Trails - Darkside

from the album Psychic (2013)

Paper Trails is a song that stands at the curious intersection of downtempo electronica and dark, Tom Waits-inspired blues.  Together these sounds create a vibe that leaves you a bit off-balance.  When I listen to this song, I imagine myself zoned out in a seedy, multilingual Los Angeles club.

The band consists of acclaimed 23 year old producer Nicolaas Jaar and Brooklyn-based guitarist Dave Harrington.  I really dig that Jaar's preference for downtempo music is based on the philosophy that the really interesting stuff happens between the beats.

I also dig the combination of tasty guitar licks coupled with modern electronic beats.  These hybrid sounds put in the context of spacious music really helps you get lost in the groove.  Of course, that requires masterful hands for success.

Their band name of Darkside puts a big grin on my face.  It seems that everywhere I go lately, I am struck by some unexpected Pink Floyd reference.

Click Here to watch Darkside perform Paper Trails on RA Sessions.  It is an extended version that really allows you to appreciate how these two musicians create their vibe.

Click Here to watch the song performed live in London.

Click Here to listen to the album version of Paper Trials on SoundCloud.