Friday, 12 July 2013

Darling BOY - Shirley (feat. Holly Partridge)

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Of the few songs that Darling BOY has released so far, this could be his best chance at a breakthrough. The Londoner has had no trouble reeling in the plaudits, now it's time to enlarge that fanbase and clock up some sales. 'Shirley' is basically what happens when you take a bunch of songs, smash them into pieces and try and glue some of the shattered parts into a new composition, a little bit like a musical jigsaw puzzle. The garage-rock that was evident on earlier singles is still here along with the slight punky edge, but there's a definite pop aspect to this tune.

It doesn't take a genius to spot that there's something of The Cure's 'Close To Me' about this song, even the press release mentions that. Interestingly it also draws a comparison with Amy Winehouse's version of 'Valerie' which is also correct, but without the Mark Ronson production. That's not all though, the intro (up until the organ) is reminiscent of at least a couple of Strokes songs, but as this is a very British sounding record, it's also difficult not to think of The Libertines on occasion. There's one thing that all of these acts have in common; they've all gone on to be bloody massive. Which begs the question - is Darling BOY about to follow suit?

Darling BOY's website

Catch him live:

27 Jul London Propstore, United Kingdom
30 Jul London Soho Theatre, United Kingdom

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