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Civic Jams
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Release Date
June 19, 2020

Instant download of the following tracks with all pre-orders:

  • 'Jam'
  • 'Wolf'

Full release delivered on release date: 06.19.20


When Darkstar broke cover earlier in 2020 with the single ‘Wolf’ fans of the group wondered if the wait for a follow-up to 2015’s Foam Island LP might soon be over. Now, those suspicions have been confirmed - Civic Jams, Darkstar’s first studio album for half a decade, is upon us.

‘Wolf’ set the tone well for the rest of Civic Jams. The track’s combination of stop-start electronic grooves, frail and beautiful synths and cooing vocals are reminiscent of Cold Spring Fault Less Youth-era Mount Kimbie, and the placing of ‘Wolf’ at the centre of this record allows its influence to radiate out across the eight other tunes here.

Civic Jams is a brooding affair full of low-lit textures and quietly forceful songs. Vocals are hung at the edge of the mixes, a choice which makes them feel at once intimate and cryptic in a manner that is not dissimilar to the singing on Caribou albums. This feeling is only heightened by the nocturnal production Darkstar apply to the drums and synthesisers across Civic Jams - in the hands of other artists a cut like ‘Jam’ could be transformed into a peak-time banger, but the tender treatment Darkstar afford it imbue it with the poignancy of Jai Paul.

Darkstar’s long-awaited return is upon us - and in Civic Jams they have created a record of gorgeous aquatic nightsongs.

Pre-order Information

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Digital Track List

  1. 1 Forest Darkstar 3:25
  2. 2 Jam Darkstar 3:30 Buy
  3. 3 1001 Darkstar 4:49
  4. 4 30 (feat. Laura Groves) Darkstar 3:08
  5. 5 Wolf Darkstar 5:29 Buy
  6. 6 Loon Darkstar 4:10
  7. 7 Tuesday Darkstar 4:44
  8. 8 Text Darkstar 5:25
  9. 9 Blurred Darkstar 2:45


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