Simon & Garfunkel, Sonny & Cher, Noel & Liam Gallagher, even Tenacious D. Throughout musical history, fans have eagerly awaited what individual members of famous duo will do, long after the duos are no more. The buzzy pair of Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington, who caught worldwide acclaim in 2011 as part of psychedelic experimental rock outfit, Darkside may not yet have the careers of those tag-teams icons of pop culture, but their presence was still powerful enough to merit considerable attention on each of them since the group's split. Jaar, always a powerhouse of creation, has resumed his solo career and even scored several films, as well as released a new EP and some remixes. Guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington however, who first met Jaar while attending Brown University and was his support guitarist on the Space Is Only Noise album tours, has been a bit more quiet. He's had things brewing, however. One of those things is his beautifully strange remix for NYC noise-rock outfit, A Place To Bury Strangers and the track "Fill The Void," which appears on their new album Transfixiation.
According to Harrington, whose deep eclecticism helped establish his career thus far, the genres noise-rock and dance music actually share some unexpected kinship. The two style have clearly played a large role developing his sound.
"Some of the most powerful, as well as my favorite, electronic music and experimental-leaning rock is concerned with making connections with people's bodies, creating intensities, and forging a very direct and visceral emotional connection," he tells THUMP. "These are all sonic worlds that I feel very personally connected to, so for me they often bump up against each other."
On this mix, there are some drawn out segments of spooky white noise, a style that feels like some deep lengthy jam you would witness at a Darkside set. The original A Place To Bury Strangers track comes across as mostly as a breakneck and boisterous rock number, but after Harrington gets his hands on it, it turns into the type of composition that doesn't follow any sort of conventional guidelines, an element that attracts many people to the work of Darkside as a whole.
"I wanted to do something that felt like it shared a spirit with the way I feel when I've seen A Place To Bury Strangers live—the intensity, the size—but from my own angle," Harrington explains. "I worked with specific elements of the song like the vocals and guitar sounds that I sampled and processed in live takes in my studio, and then improvised to those takes with synths, drum machines, and a guitar. Mostly were first-take improvisations."
For those fans eager to know of Harrington's ongoing solo-plans beyond his new remix, rest assured. "I'm always looking to try new things and to challenge myself, that's part of why I love doing remixes of artists I admire because it forces me into a new zone. Mostly lately I've been wrapping up number of collaborative projects with some close friends and playing guitar on some of their records."
Always an experimenter, Harrington says he's not satisfied with his multi-instrumentalist repertoire yet. "I'm trying to teach myself to play pedal steel guitar, which has been hard, very hard," he says. "I like doing a lot of different things."