Known for his distinctive Indie Rock style and dynamically crafty approach, London-based recording artist Dar.Ra began hitting the ground running as a solo artist after the release of his debut album ‘Soul Hours’ in 2009 – quickly garnering him an insatiable following and critical acclaim through many sectors of the music market. Now, with the recent release of his EP ‘Kings & Serfs’ this year in 2021, Dar.Ra proves that his signature sound continues to reach new heights in the Rock music realm and has truly manifested into a multifaceted artist that raises the bar with every release.
Comprised of three catchy and anthemic tracks, Dar.Ra on this record diligently showcases several angles of his artistic merit and tastefully combines several crucial Rock elements that touch on originality and familiarity; giving each listener a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable. Opening track “Fake It Till You Make It” comes out swinging with a magnetic energy that could easily satisfy any fan from just about any Rock era. From gain-heavy driven guitar progressions to powerfully projected mid-to-high range vocal melodies, this solid number combines grittiness and catchiness in a way that compliments and parallels each other. If The Sex Pistols combined their style with Led Zeppelin’s ‘Houses of the Holy’, then this song is the type of sound you’d get. Follow-up track “Londinium” is more anthemic and really dives deep into Dar.Ra’s more nostalgic side. It explores his songwriting style more intimately and truly gives you that visceral listening experience that has become very rare in today’s more modern music market. This song is not only structured brilliantly, but has a pacing that really showcases the versatility that this record possesses and easily brings the stronger musicianship factors to the forefront.
Closing track “Sweet As” is a charismatic and rhythmic tune that ties the EP together with a sweet cherry on top. The catchiness in both the chord progressions and vocal melodies once again intertwine in a way that is undoubtedly effective and apparent. The story-telling verses are perfectly executed and truly solidifies Dar.Ra’s style in a way that showcases many angles of his musical talent. Overall, ‘Kings & Serfs’ is a brilliant first impression for any avid Rock fan that is just discovering Dar.Ra or hearing him for the first time. It’s the type of record with real staying power where it stays with you even long after it’s over. It’ll also entice you to dive deeper into Dar.Ra’s career, discography, and will likely build up your anticipation to see what tricks he has up his sleeve in his future releases. You can find ‘Kings & Serfs’ on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad you gave this one a listen.
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