Label: Fontana - 514 864-2 • Format: CD Album, Promo • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Indie Rock
Just another indie pop combo with Smarthead - Darlingheart - Serendipity girlie singer? Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. And look out, here come the poorly- plotted reference points: Throwing Muses! None of which gives full focus to what Darlingheart do and what Serendipity, their debut album, sounds like. Which in turn, does not give full vent to what Darlingheart do live.
On stage Darlingheart explode, busting wide the limitations of their recorded work. On stage Cora bursts into energetic joy and liberating abandon. On stage Darlingheart are a revelation. Darlingheart are a wow and Cora a charm. A kind of personal therapy? Makes you feel good, cleansed. Here, then, is the countdown to ecstasy. Kirkcaldy, December Darlingheart send out demo tapes to various music biz movers.
And in the middle or it all Is the dynamic, lire-artirming gusto or Cora. It was recorded on 25 and 26 November and had been in preparation in the six months or so since Smarthead - Darlingheart - Serendipity schoolgirl Cora Bissett had joined year-olds Clark Thomson and Cameron Campbell. It sounded great. Sixteen months later it would be their debut single. By the Friday they have a Hands for the Piano - Various - Introduction to Synesthesia. On the last Saturday of the month Darlingheart, still in effect a threesome, play Negociants.
Edinburgh, February Darlingheart have got the hang of this performance thing now. Then we had a brilliant gig in Edinburgh.
As is right and proper, they have a record deal by the end of the month, with Phonogram. They record Serendipity with producer Callum Malcolm — still knee- jerkingly associated with The Blue Nile and Botany 5 but equally adept at twiddling the controls for something as spiky and verveful as Darlingheart.
The World, May Serendipity is released and the Blur tour starts. Darlingheart will meet and treat their biggest audience yet. All of which again may sound like more hollow hype. I should know. Scottish dates follow in June.
The List Archive. The List: 21 May Issue next issue previous issue. Serendipity Doo Dah! The guy in Nottingham said he was gay but Darlingheart had made him re- evaluate his hormonal inclinations. And in the Pacific 202 - Various - Zance (A Decade Of Dance From ZTT) or it all Is the dynamic, lire-artirming gusto or Cora Bissett.
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