Since one of my favorite things lately has been listening to Slint and bands that sound like Slint, I was pretty stoked when Echolalic Records frontlady/DIY extraordinaire Malia Alexander brought to my attention the debut LP from Darto. Unfortunately, this happened after I could include it in this week's Underage column, but In Difference is released tonight at the Fusion Cafe with the Exquisites and Big Crux, two bands also worth showing up early for.
Falling somewhere between post-punk, slowcore and noise rock (okay and a whole other slew of subgenres), Darto sound familiar in a way that also does not suck. Surging through the heavy moods like an adrenalized Low or a spaced-out June of 44, In Difference unravels like a slowcore funeral march at times. At other times (such as on the best/most Slint-y track, "Mother's Image," they thrust into more noise/art-driven freakouts. With the scaled-back urgency of comatosed post-rock, the riffs are big and sprawling, the vocals nearly imagined. Six tracks of delightfully jumbled post-rock, In Difference is already one of my favorite local releases of 2013. You can listen to it in full below.
Darto play tonight at the Fusion Cafe (downtown YMCA) with the Exquisites and Big Crux at 8 pm.