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Dave Harrington of Darkside to Drop Solo Debut LP

"Become Alive" will be out on Nicolas Jaar's Other People on April 15.

by Jesse Weiss
Mar 1 2016, 4:10pm

Photo by Chad Kammenshine, courtesy of the label

Dave Harrington announced today that the New York musician will release his debut full length, Become Alive on April 15 as the Dave Harrington Group. Harrington has been a mainstay in the New York scene for a number of years, towing the line between jazz, electronic, and avant-garde experimentalism.

Harrington had his breakthrough in 2013 when he teamed up with fellow forward-thinking electronic innovator Nicolas Jaar, for their acclaimed album Psychic as Darkside, blending jazzy motifs and instrumentation with a spaced-out and downtempo electronic backdrop. Become Alive also follows Harrington's 2014 debut EP on on Nicolas Jaar's Other People imprint, Before This There Was One Heart But A Thousand Thoughts, a murky and abstract blend of acoustic and electronic ambient excursions.

Harrington described Become Alive as a product of free improvisation with experimental recording and sampling techniques in a press statement. The album was recorded with a fluid roster of a dozen of Harrington's closest friends and collaborators, taking hours of recorded improvisations, and later editing, dubbing, and mixing the material into a flowing composition.About the album, Harrington said in the statement: "It's all just about making improvisational music in a way that is personal and true. That was the spirit of making this record... Bringing people together and playing, improvising, being present."

Become Alive drops on April 15 for Other People, and you can stream the title track today, right here.

Jesse Weiss is THUMP's intern. Talk to him on Twitter.