- 02 Dec 22
The Belfast-based duo's newest offering is their most ambitious yet, showing the full range of their musicality.
The Belfast outfit Dark Tropics consists of Gerard Sands and Rio McGuinness - two musician's incredibly inspired by the likes of Radiohead, Aretha Franklin and The Velvet Underground.
The duo have just released their stunning new single, 'Midnight 10th of December'.
Pop-noir, Lana Del Rey-esque melodies ooze through this single, undercut by a striking drum beat and captivating electric guitar. Rio's breathy, ethereal vocal captivates listeners - with backing vocals filling out chorus sections.
Beautiful Florence Welch inspired vocal runs decorate the verse and bridge sections of the track from McGuinness.
Towards the end of the track, trumpet sneaks into the background swell - adding a touch of jazz to this incredibly catchy tune, undoubtedly incredible to hear live.
Speaking about this first release of 2022, the duo said: "It's a song that's hidden in the mist of memories.
"We piece together what we can. It's about making decisions in the moment and the implications of those decisions...are there any? Does it matter? We are where we are.
"It’s about not having all the facts and it not mattering. It's about one of those few moments in life when you are where you should be and you're aware of it but know it shall soon pass."
The alt-indie group released their debut album INK in November of 2021, after a slew of releases throughout 2020 and 2021.
This new empowered and cinematic offering hopefully marks a turn in the duo's confidence, moving toward more ambitious tracks from here on out.
Check out 'Midnight 10th of December' by Dark Tropics, below.