"With an aesthetically alluring style, Darkes & Charlies brings back the auditory nostalgia of the 80’s, combining analog synths, feel-good kick drums, and smooth basslines to carry a classic, euphoric ride to the ears. “The Bathtub EP” is the first release from this Texas quartet, crafted from the lands of northeast Texas. This five-track release is a pleasant introduction to the band, unearthing another prime example of 21st century indietronica as it blasts the psychedelic soundworlds of groovy new wave and feel-good synth pop. With a rich focus on light-hearted melodies and witty songwriting, Darkes & Charlies leaves us craving more of their satisfying, harmonic handiwork.
Standing at just over fifteen minutes long, the very first glimpse at Heath Redmond’s passion project features Heath himself jamming with his guitar, Dustin Williams grooving on the Bass, Rachel Rice bringing electronic vibes on the synth, and James Owens making old school beats on the drums. Additionally, guest singers Micalyn Rowe, Dustin Williams, and Spencer Nelson add their earcandy voices to the mix. Although considerably short, each track boasts an enjoyable uniqueness spread across a variety of musical styles, reminiscing to the neon skylines of today’s ever-growing vaporwave movement. As if the music itself could cause the listener to instantly transmogrify a DeLorean from thin air and ride it through the clouds over nighttime LA, this groups first release is impressively stylish. Break out the record player and give this dreamy experience a listen, for the creamy bass and thick synths can turn any space into a chillaxing, audio adventure."
- Nick Sumbles
"Purple neons and lavish electronics is what forms a vital part of luftmensch duo Darkes & Charlies latest five-piece called Bathtub EP. Picking similar trends as Moonrock Slush and New Arcades, the duo falls into candied pop, electronic and indie hot tub where with all the steaminess, instincts and loosed nerves they set the urge for the tarantism. Frankly, such mutability embosoms to be a big treat."
- Cloudberry Mornings
released October 21, 2016
Written by Heath Redmond
Mixed and Mastered by James Owens
Micalyn Rowe on Instinct, Mica in a Chair
Dustin Williams on Names & Numbers
Spencer Nelson on Mica in a Chair
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