Darlingside brings unique sound to Providence

Darlingside brings unique sound to Providence

Musical group Darlingside brings its folk Americana sound to the Columbus Theatre in Providence on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m. (Photo courtesy of Cameron Gee)

PROVIDENCE – Darlingside’s “signature superpower harmonies” draw frequent comparisons to late-60s groups such as Crosby, Stills & Nash, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Byrds, but the group says their “penchant for science fiction and speculative futurism” counters any attempt to label them “retro.”

Surrounding a single condenser microphone, each member’s individual talent shines through multiple instruments while the quartet’s unique ability to create a fifth instrument using their combined voices is brought to life.

The group will be at the Columbus Theatre in Providence this Sunday, Dec. 9. For tickets to the 8 p.m. show, visit columbustheatre.com/event/darlingside/ .

Auyon Mukharji, who along with college friends Don Mitchell, Harris Paseltiner and David Senft created Darlingside, said the group loves bringing its signature folk Americana sound, all through one microphone, around the globe. One microphone and lots of instrument switching is not the way most people perform, he said, but it works for this group.

Sunday’s performance will also feature the “beautiful music”of Vermont’s Henry Jamison, he said.

Darlingside just received a nomination for the 2019 UK Americana Music Association’s “International Song of the Year” Award for their track “Hold Your Head Up High.” They are currently on tour supporting recent album “Extralife,” which NPR Music coined as “poetic” and “evocative of feeling.” “Extralife” takes a beautiful, haunting look at society through a dystopian lens, offering a unique and unspoken post-apocolyptic perspective of the current social climate. The Boston Globe describes Darlingside as “a bold-roast blend of coffeehouse folk, sparse lyrical poetry, ‘70s-era male harmonies, bluegrass strings, and dreamy ambience.”

Mukharji said his group is “extremely proud” of “Extralife,” and even those who have seen recent performances will hear some new tunes Sunday. Group members are also very excited to be bringing lights along for the show, which he said will elevate it a bit.

Entertainment is one thing, said Mukharji, but the most impactful music transports someone to another place. There’s a “transportive” quality to art in general, and it’s right there in Darlingside’s work, he said. Sunday’s show will have serious elements, but the performers also add lighthearted aspects as they interact and improvise with the audience.

All four group members write their music together, which can be a slow-moving process but creates a better and more powerful classically written final product, he said.

To see the group’s NPR Tiny Desk performance, visit www.npr.org/series/tiny-desk-concerts and search Darlingside.