Darlia make a triumphant return with new single, ‘Ballad of Black & White’ out now on Ignition Records. Check out the new single on the Shoot Matchday Stadium Playlist.
It’s been a long two years for Nathan Day and Darlia. After a string of heart-bursting singles and bruised rock brilliance they released ‘mini-album’ ‘Petals’, a swirling melee of ’90s grunge, rampant melodicism and high-voltage noise. But although it felt like a summation of kinds, it was far from the end game. ‘Petals’ was a prologue.
‘Ballad Of Black & White’ is Darlia’s comeback after too long away, and it’s a mighty return to form (and then some) with all the ingredients for a potent summer banger. It’s seriously big, with vibrant hooks and a chorus destined for cider-soaked festival sing-alongs.
Nathan knew that power from day one: “I’ve got early demos from when I was 16 but I decided not to get fully into it at that time because I knew I wanted it for later… When I finished up ‘Petals’ it felt right to tackle it. It’s quite mad… there’s loads of s*** going on.”
Speaking about the new single, Nathan Day explains;
“I remember trying to demo this tune myself when the house was empty and it was too much for me to tackle at the time. Fortunately I then got to work with the producer Dan Lancaster which was when I realised he might as well be a f******* magician because he’s amazing. We recorded the tune in two sessions. The first one we kinda mapped it out and it was so unfinished I don’t think I even heard it back all the way through. After the first session I think he secretly sprinkled some magic dust on it or some kind of chilli sauce cos he sent back a rough version and we were all like “F*** – that’s unexpectedly spicy” and knew it had to be finished.“
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