XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Eschaton” by Darlingside

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Darlingside | Photo by Gaelle Beri | courtesy of the artist

Just over two years ago, a little know four piece folk group from Boston came on the scene with an album that cemented itself into the collective consciousness of XPN members and listeners. Darlingside’s Birds Say was a standout amongst the indie-folk scene with its rich vocal harmonies, warm musical textures, and stunning songwriting.

With repeated visits to WXPN for a Free At Noon, the Non-COMMvention, the XPoNential Music Festival and an appearance on World Cafe, Darlingside’s live performances never fell short of dazzling. Two years later, the band returns with a new song, “Eschatron” along with an announcement of a new album, Extralife, out on February 23rd. They play Union Transfer on March 30th.

According to various definitions, eschaton refers to the climax of history – the end of the world – and has been used in various political and religious contexts. On the song, “Eschaton” reveals a bold new musical sound for the band’s return. Over pulsing electronics, the band’s signature harmonies soar as they sing “I hear the eschaton / I see our stripes on floating ground / No matter what we’ve been, we are the upshot now.”

With pressing freshness, it sounds like a cross between Brian Eno’s “St. Elmo’s Fire,” and Crosby, Stills & Nash’s “See The Changes.” Listen below.

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