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March 08, 2007

Darlings of the Splitscreen

Darlings of the Splitscreen

Does anyone miss Clor? They seemed to last barely a year in the public eye, with three fantastic singles, Good Stuff (obviously), Outlines and Love + Pain to their name. Unfortunately (for me anyway), these were the first three songs on the album and the rest of it just didn’t match up. Fortunately, Sheffield’s Darlings of the Splitscreen have stepped up to replace the gap with added vocal harmonies and Super Furry Animals levels of inventiveness.

DOTS are looking to release The Dash (geddit?) sometime in April, and if these two tracks are anything to go by, it should be pretty fantabulous. For only three guys, they make an awful lot of noise. Harmonies bounce all over the place with ‘oh-oh’s and ‘dot dot dot dash dash dash’s balancing out all the electronic riffs and sparkles. Dash Dots Dash is their Love + Pain, trading riffs for lines, before completely leaving the rails (if they were ever on any) halfway through to give us all a lesson in how to give a morse chorus. Something Beautiful begins with an almost ripped guitar line from the beginning of Art Brut’s Good Weekend before going all hyperactive like Field Music on substances of the amphetamine variety. In fact, if you listen to I Know What You’re Doing on their MySpace page you’ll be surprised at apt the comparison is for one of their less manic cuts.

Those cool folk among you (I’m sure you know who you think you are) will probably have seen them at the Ginger People Are Wizards club night that operates in Coventry (well, last December, I’m late. I know). These people are that same band with the same name!

Now breathe…

Darlings of the Splitscreen – Dash Dots Dash MP3 Expired
Darlings of the Splitscreen – Something Beautiful MP3 Expired

Download two more mp3’s here from The Dots EP


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