TUNE Batsch - Darling
Batsch, a twisted, avant-garde thorn in the side of disco-pop music. Their smart, groove-oriented dance-pop takes nods from classic art rock like Talking Heads as well as modern contemporaries, such as Little Dragon and Dutch Uncles.
Their new single 'Darling', an eerie portrait of someone suffering from mental illness, told through the blurry, soft-focused lens of sympathy. Featuring guest vocals from the Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier, it could be the soundtrack to a low-budget 70s TV horror. “The sound of the house, it grew deafening.” As Matt Rheeston’s steady, stunted drum beat pounds like the hands of the clock on the wall, you feel the draught of Andy Whitehead's discord from the Danemann piano down the hall. Sadier’s ghostly apparition in the latter half of the song is as chilling as it is beautiful. It’s as though Danny Elfman has lost everything to his Quaalude addiction. But the natural world is as present on this album as the urban nightmare. “When did you last feel the ocean spray on your face?”