Last week saw the release of ‘Badlands’ – the debut single from a brand new Irish duo – Dark Tropics out via Quiet Arch Records.
is an attempt to capture the feel of an epic feature film in a 3 minute pop
from their upcoming debut album, due out later this year, the moody ‘Badlands’,
encapsulates the world of Dark Tropics perfectly. Highlighted by lead singer
Rio’s striking vocals, biting strings, and bright keys, ‘Badlands’ occupies a
crepuscular realm inhabited by emotional beings that exist purely in states of
betrayal, heartbreak and revenge. With a diverse, deep sound palette that
straddles contemporary pop, neo-soul and classical arrangements, its the ideal
introductory track to Dark Tropics swirling musical world.
formation of Dark Tropics was inevitable. Drawn together by a bond that
stretched from Ireland to Morocco, musicians Rio and Gerard found common ground
in the form of Radiohead, Aretha Franklin and The Velvet Underground.
Armed with the influences of William Somerset Maugham, Paul Aster and John
Cooper-Clarke, the pair formed a partnership – one that relies equally on
instinct and guile.
Their creative vision has bore fruit with timeless, cinematic, pop-noir. Powered by analogue instruments and retro recording techniques the music sways and breathes naturally. Their themes are everywhere – the burning highs of lust, the fragility of heartache, the sting of betrayal and defiance in the face of hurt. A meld of contemporary and classic, the individual and universal, the scope of Dark Tropics is limited only by how far down the rabbit hole you wish to follow.
‘Badlands’ is out now. Stay tuned for more news on the debut album.