Darlingside may have just written the best piece of fan mail ever in the form of their new single, “Harrison Ford.”
The song finds the orchestral folk pop quartet furiously plucking mandolins, plinking piano keys and even incorporating Jack-in-the-Box melodies alongside lush strings, while a subtle, throbbing bass line and sporadic percussion sounds keep it firmly rooted in the present. Imagine if Coldplay had binged on Simon & Garfunkel records before making Viva La Vida.
“We sometimes write songs that zoom out and take on the big life issues, but ‘Harrison Ford’ kind of runs the opposite way and tackles the day-to-day frustrations of living life on a clock and the way that can warp your experience of reality,” member Don Mitchell says. “The levity and chaos in the lyrics opened up a whole lot of fun instrumental experimentation for us, and before we knew it we were seeing how many hyper mandolin bursts we could stuff into the song and how much we could speed up classical cello riffs. We don’t know the actor Harrison Ford and he certainly doesn’t know us, but we’re sincerely hoping to change all that.”
Fingers crossed, fellas.
“Harrison Ford” will be on Darlingside’s second album, Birds Say, out Sept. 18 via Thirty Tigers. They’ll be on tour throughout North America basically forever (or at least through December); tickets are available here.
Listen to “Harrison Ford” above.