Atlanta-based garage-psych trio Midnight Larks inhabit a darkly curious landscape where the sounds of surf noir and brimstone country immerse the listener in a series of ethereal psychedelic trips. The band wraps all these sounds up in a hypnotizing blend of gorgeous melodies and haunting rhythms, with singer-guitarist Sasha Vallely, singer-bassist Nikkie Speake and drummer Pietro DiGennaro molding this musical environment to their specific needs and desires.
The band is currently gearing up for the release of their self-titled debut record which is set to come out on March 30. And across its length, they'll explore a host of shadowed sounds and haunted stories. Their music has always favored a looser musical definition and allowed itself the room to move freely among a handful of genres without restriction. And from all indications, their new record continues this wandering tradition.
On their new single, "Sometimes," the band channels the spirit of The Zombies and their song "She's Not There" to create an ephemeral loop of shivering guitar notes, martial beats and ghostly vocals. There's a breezy attitude woven throughout the track, even as the band manages to evoke acres of darkness and explores a welcome sonic tension. They're able to merge these disparate sounds into a cohesive and mesmeric bout of rock that'll leave you desperate for more. Perfect for a late-night drive along a stretch of deserted highway, "Sometimes" conjures images of David Lynch-ian mystery and intrigue.