(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Massachusetts-based indie-folk quartet Darlingside brings its singular four-part harmonies and classically influenced chamber-pop to Club Helsinki Hudson on Thursday, January 14, at 8pm. Vermont-based DuPont Brothers will open the show.
Friends for ten years, the members of Darlingside met as students at Williams College. During school they began writing and singing together and moved into a house in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts shortly after graduation to become a band. That was six years ago, and since then they have continued to hone their songwriting and unique instrumentation, garnering praise from media outlets include Rolling Stone, which highlighted “Blow The House Down” in David Fricke’s Fricke’s Picks in 2014; inclusion in NPR Music’s Favorite Songs of 2015; and a profile in the New Yorker.
The band’s mixture of light-hearted humor and weighty themes combined with their powerfully seamless vocals and interlocking arrangements are a rare and unusual combination. The group’s most recent album, “Birds Say,” is the first to capture fully the soaring arrangements, sophisticated harmonies, and rousing rhythms, making the group a kind of missing link between Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and Mumford & Sons.
The members of Darlingside – Don Mitchell, Auyon Mukharji, Harris Paseltiner, and David Senft – share lead vocal and songwriting duties alike. The band pools ideas, whether generated individually or in a group session, and collectively edits and fine-tunes songs so that each bears the imprint of four different writing voices. They’ve learned techniques and instruments to support their material, and who plays what instrument can shift from song to song. Each member sings lead, and the ethereal vocal blend they achieve is the result of the flexibility they have as a group.
Guitar and vocals duo the DuPont Brothers are a throwback to 1970s pop-folk duos like Loggins and Messina, Brewer and Shipley, and Seals & Crofts. Their songwriting is economical and their harmonies blend in that organic way that only brothers can achieve.
For reservations in The Restaurant or in the club call 518.828.4800.