Darling West (from the album While I Was Asleep)
For their third album release, While I Was Asleep, Darling West went into the studio with a suitcase full of new songs, putting themselves into the producer’s seat for the recording, and adding drums to their sound. While I Was Asleep benefits from the steady touring, playing festivals in their native Norway, and venturing into the U.S. market with slots at AmericanaFest and Folk Alliance. The songs on While I Was Asleep stay true to the Americana/Roots curated by Darling West, adding a Pop sensibility into the tracks with the production touching the title track with a hint of psychedelia, punching up the beat of “Don’t I Know You”, and soundtracking “Always Around” with a delicate flurry of Folk acoustics over a persistent shuffle of heartbeat percussion.
The music of Darling West drifts over land and ocean from Roots sounds developed in the mountains and deserts of the United States. While I Was Asleep echoes sounds of the American Southwest as dry breezes blow over “Ballad of an Outlaw”, banjo and guitar strums guide the string band backing for “How I Wish”, and tender guitar notes and dreamy pedal steel swells comfort “Traveller”. Darling West stretch out their sound, keeping the charm of Americana in place as they confidently stride into While I Was Asleep with a musical awareness as they attempt to find the same maturity in the life decisions of “Better Than Gold”.
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