Darkstar – North

January 22, 2011

I heard the single, “Aidy’s Girl Is a Computer,” by Darkstar, when it first came out more than a year ago. Loved it.

But when I saw the lp, “North,” my first thought was to wonder if the idea — sort of Gary Numan meets dubstep — would be rich enough to form the basis of an entire album that stays interesting from start to finish as opposed to one that just surrounds the one or two best tracks with filler.

What’s so interesting about “North,” then, is how well it succeeds. By bringing vocals to the forefront and by taking a small step towards traditional songwriting and accessibility, Darkstar both pay homage to and move beyond the electronic sounds of the 1980s that inspire them — their Human League cover is, I’d say, even better than the original!

Now the only question is: where to next? “North” proves that these guys can go just about anywhere they want.

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