by Andrew Sacher
UK trio Darkstar made a solid impact with their 2010 debut full length, North, a dubstep-meets-synthpop album that came out on Hyperdub just before that sound really took off. After three years, and finding a new home on Warp Records, they've finally resurfaced with a second album, News From Nowhere, which came out earlier this month (2/5).
A much lighter record than its predecessor, News From Nowhere ditches dubstep in favor of electronic-tinged ambient pop. It's a beautiful sounding record and most of it is heavy on the atmospheres, though there are moments that break the mold, like the Animal Collective-indebted "Amplified Ease." The video for that track and a four-song sampler of the album are below. You can also hear the whole album on Spotify or pick it up on iTunes. That's the artwork above.
Darkstar just wrapped up a European tour this week and they'll be headed to the US for a tour here in March, which hits NYC on March 28 at Glasslands with Gobby and Tezeo. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All currently known dates are listed below...
Darkstar - "Amplified Ease" Official Video
Darkstar - News From Nowhere Sampler
Darkstar -- 2013 Tour Dates
MARCH 26 DC9 Washington, DC
MARCH 28 Glasslands Brooklyn, NY w/ Gobby, Tezeo
MARCH 30 Larimer Lounge Denver, CO
APRIL 01 Rickshaw Stop San Francisco, CA
APRIL 03 The Echo Los Angeles, CA
APRIL 06 Tokyo SonarSound
MAY 03 Krems Donau Festival
MAY 04 Liverpool Liverpool Soundcity
JUNE 29 Dusseldorf Open Source Festival