Portland based quartet Oh Darling’s buoyant new-wave pop has the power to turn the most forbidding club crowd into a sea of grinning fan-geeks. But their reach extends well beyond area venues – several Oh Darling tunes have graced top-rated TV series, film and commercials. Their forthcoming album, Beauty in Commotion, set to be released in early 2014, is certain to win over a bevy of new admirers.
Recorded at Secret Society studios in Portland, OR with Jordan Leff and co-produced/mixed by Nathanael Boone, the new album – Oh Darling’s fourth – includes such tunes as the infatuation singalong
Love Me Forever, the insistent romantic march
Runaway, and the exuberant
I Feel Right. The collection of songs are a self-described
step-up from previous efforts and are as catchy and likable Oh Darling fans know and expect their songs to be.
Ash’s gossamer vocals are undergirded by surprisingly muscular arrangements and wild tempo shifts, as the band alternates melodic sweetness with propulsive rock. Daven’s incisive guitar lines and the tight rhythmic interplay of J.Marie and Jake evoke influences as diverse as Blondie, The Breeders, Chvrches, Metric, Kate Bush, Belly, Stars, Little Dragon, Best Coast, The xx, and Crystal Castles. The net effect, judging by the words of admiring reviewers, is equal parts enchantment and energy.
It’s impossible not to get a contact buzz from the band’s buoyant, charming pop, declared the Portland Tribune.
Fronted by one of the cutest gals in town, Oh Darling possess an intriguing yet subtle mix of sexual tension, plus plenty of indie pop goodness in their delivery, proclaimed the music blog NadaMucho.
Jasmine Ash knows how to write catchy pop songs as delicious as Cheerios in chocolate milk. Flavorpill, meanwhile, praised their
intoxicating blend of indie rock and
unapologetic, perfectly crafted pop punch. The Vanguard admired their
wealth of adorable melodies and
healthy propensity for matching outfits. Jasmine and J.Marie do indeed tend to coordinate their vibrant retro wardrobes onstage, eschewing sexpot clichés in favor of classic, colorful, vintage frocks. Buzzbands LA states,
It’s exuberance set to melody, and for indie-pop fans that never gets old.
Oh Darling have toured up and down the West Coast numerous times and appeared at venues like the Doug Fir, Satellite (formerly Spaceland), The Viper Room, Mississippi Studios, The Roxy Theater, Cafe du Nord, Bottom of the Hill, and the Hotel Café; they’ve shared stages with indie favorites like The 88, Fitz & The Tantrums, White Sea, Anya Marina, Alberta Cross, The Features, Asobi Seksu, The Submarines, Shonen Knife, The Duke Spirit, Everest and others. Everywhere they’ve gone, they’ve left audiences spellbound and smiling.