NEW ALBUM, CENTERFOLD, OUT NOW VIA ARTS & CRAFTS
This week, The Darcys took up the challenge of covering Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, no easy feat given the list of pop artists and outfits which have put their own spin on the holiday classic before them. However, MUCH, who premiered the track, says what you won’t find the in list of previous covers “are many artists who stray from the song’s original ingredients—which is why The Darcys’ inventive, soulful spin is breath of fresh air.”
In chatting with MUCH about why they chose “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, drummer Wes Marksell claims, “this was the only holiday CD that we had around when I was a kid. Come December first, it would be on repeat for the entire month. I’m not sure if I grew to love it or hate it, but it drove me crazy and considering that I’ve probably listened to it as much as anything else it seemed like the obvious choice. Nothing against “Silent Night” or “O Come All Ye Faithful”, but all those songs are about immaculate conception when all we really want a is a little something else for the holidays.”
Last month, The Darcys released ten original tracks in a new album called Centerfold – a record which Exclaim! said was “infectious, retro-tinged electro-pop”, while Clash called it “an outlandish exploration of pop ambition.” Produced by Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Weezer, Lucius) Centerfold evokes the heat and wanderlust of New Zealand and Los Angeles, where they were recorded. The album follows 2013's acclaimed Warring, which earned Juno Award and Polaris Music Prize nominations.
Album single, "Miracle” has earned praise from Noisey, who said it's "primed for mass consumption," and Complex, who raved the track is a "transformative, radio-ready, near-perfect earworm."