- Psychic

Darkside - Psychic
CRITIC SCORE
79
Based on 22 reviews
2013 Rank: #99 / 937
USER SCORE
84
Based on
335 ratings

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90
Pitchfork

Though Psychic is the kind of immense and immersive experience typically described as “monolithic”, Jaar and Harrington ensure it’s more like the bubble gracing its cover—translucent and dense, electrified and organic, holding a form while constantly being prodded into new shapes.

90
Consequence of Sound

It’s an effort that not only highlights both Jaar and Harrington’s individual talents, but also how, together, Darkside can create a work of genius.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

Behind the darkness, Psychic is a relatively light-hearted exercise: Two exceedingly talented craftsmen going for a joyride in their spaceship and inviting you to tag along in the back seat.

80
Spin

The pair's influences range from Dark Prince-era Miles Davis material to Portishead's Dummy (see "Metatron") to dark disco ("The Only Shrine I've Seen") to even a few licks of Portuguese fado, all of it spare but sensuous — mood music for watching e-cig vapor curl.

80
DIY

Electronic in the loosest, most deformed sense, 'Psychic' rips up convention from the seams to the centre.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Field recordings, earthly elements, human murmurs and heavy breathing mix seamlessly with synthesizers, drums and keyboards to produce a meditative enlightenment, with Jaar and Harrington creating an album based on opposites, successfully uniting the natural with the unnatural.

80
The Fly

 ‘Psychic’ is perfectly executed, impenetrable. Merely listening is impossible. It forces itself upon you.

80
The 405

It's an album that sounds as though it was conceived by a bunch of mad scientists, pouring in a dash of blues, some jazz, and some special Jaar minimal formula, while ripping up conventions into as many pieces as it can before strutting away with such confidence and swagger that it's hard not admire this confusing yet infectious creature.

80
musicOMH

Jaar and Harrington have figured out how to turn the lowbrow into something both highbrow and extremely enjoyable.

70
AllMusic

The amount of distance Jaar and Harrington put between the disparate elements themselves makes so much compositional sense that the album floats by like a strange, faraway dream.

70
NME

At most, these heavy-lidded meanderings through post-punk, Balearic dippiness and ’80s synth weirditude might pass muster with the very last survivors in a Sunday lunchtime club.

70
Resident Advisor

If Psychic only sporadically reaches the heights of Jaar's past work, it's down to the album's somewhat vague tone.

60
Tiny Mix Tapes

Psychic simply doesn’t leave a lasting memory when one considers the work as a whole.

Nov 3, 2014
EMR
84
Darkside is now disbanded, but last year, Dave Harrington and Nicholas Jaar left us a great album. Psychic is a consistent and powerful record that embraces the listener and doesn't let go. The mix of ambient, techno, experimentalism and even blues makes this a great listen, while Jaar's subtle production and Harrington delayed-reverbed guitar notes leaves you asking for more. An album worth many listens.
Jun 28, 2017
zaxapitsa
67
It sounds like two very talented people who aren't meant to work together. Random results, inspired and yet forgetable.
Apr 30, 2017
82
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Apr 15, 2017
Angstyout
87
Great listen. Great production. Really enjoyed this.
May 12, 2016
uralberk
NR
-2013 AOTY #5-

Electronic music. This album is the defining factor on my understanding of what electronic genre is. When people ask where can they walk to electronic music, I point Psychic. Psychic is a direction.
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