Kevin Drew - Darlings

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Darlings is the second solo outing from Canadian singer/songwriter and Broken Social Scene frontman Kevin Drew. The sprawling pop experimentalism that was the bedrock of his previous project has been subdued and refined to fit Drew's more singular vision and sharpened songwriting. There's an apparent, warm weariness to these 11 songs which Drew claims are "about the rise and fall of love and sex, in my own life and in today's society." In the hands of a lesser artist, these themes could wear out their welcome pretty quickly, but Drew approaches them with enough soul and humility to make it work. From the meditative, synth-driven single "Good Sex," with its wobbly, pulsing piano to the dreamy, after-hours contemplation of "My God," Darlings is as messy, soothing, and inviting a record as its subject matter would suggest. Aided in part by two of his longtime BSS cohorts Charles Spearin and Ohad Benchetrit, Drew enlisted friend Dave Hamelin of Montreal indie rockers the Stills to co-produce the album in the Canadian wilderness town of Banff, Alberta.