Sunday, September 11, 2016

Darling West - Vinyl and a Heartache

Darling West was formed when the couple Mari Sandvær Kreken (vocals, guitar, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, auto harp, harmonica) and Tor Egil Kreken (vocals, banjo, guitar) decided that the best way to get to spend some quality time together, was to create a common band project. They asked musical soul mate and guitar player extraordinaire Kjetil Steensnæs to join them, and Darling West was complete.

In 2014 the group released their first album, Winter Passing, which was nominated for “Country Album of the Year” at the Spellemannpris (Norwegian Grammy Awards). They have now released their second album, along with the title-track single, “Vinyl and a Heartache”. Where Winter Passing had a very distinct acoustic, live and old-timey feeling, this new song suggests a slightly new direction with beautiful pedal steel lines and a Lanois-inspired rhythm section.

When asked to name musicians they’re inspired by, the band cites legends such as Dock Boggs, Doc Watson, John Prine and Townes Van Zandt, but also current artists Gillian Welch/Dave Rawlings Machine, Kasey Musgraves and Jason Isbell.

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