“This is an album that refects the cities and suburbs we live in. At a frst glance everything is bright and full of life, but below the surface, behind closed doors, there lies a world of hidden anxieties” says Xavier Darcy of his debut LP “DARCY”, out February 24th (Membran Entertainment Group). And “DARCY” is indeed an album that, on the surface, provides an excess of city colour; bombastic arrangements, danceable rhythms and insanely catchy melodies are present from
beginning to end. Yet these brilliant, dynamic, feelgood songs are married with deep brooding lyrics that characterize the everyday struggles of the youth of 2016. In his songs, Darcy touches upon themes such as mental health, disillusionment, atheism and smartphones.
21-year-old Darcy moved to Germany from the UK after dropping out of University in 2014. Since then he has started his music career away from home, appearing multiple times on national TV (“Inas Nacht, Startrampe...”) and self-releasing two EPs. His full-length debut is infuenced by his creative exile, a decision which he says enabled him to record and write unincumbered by a large amount of external infuences. In sleepy, provincial Munich, he was able to focus on developing his music with minimal distraction or pressure from others. In his own words: “We wanted to make a great pop record on our own terms, free of labels, not bounded by any notion of genre or image. A sort of pick and mix of every song I'd ever listened to.”
“DARCY” is a true pop record, laden with memorable melodies, funky rhythms and an endless string of quotable lyrics. It is the sound of a young artist making music without holding back. Like his forbears Bowie, Byrne and Bolan, Xavier Darcy has no fear of pop music and embraces it as a means of communication and a vehicle for great art. “DARCY” is a work full of opposites, combining uplifting and happy melodies with melancholic lyrics, a musical oxymoron. An anti-pop record.
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