Darling West: «We’ll Never Know Unless We Try»
Jansen Records, 2020
Cosmic folk. That’s the term Lucinda Williams put on Darling West after sharing the stage with the Norwegian duo a few years back. An appropriate term, even though their new material also leans into sunny West Coast landscapes.
On “We’ll Never Know Unless We Try” the band serve up top-down-wind-in-the-hair pop songs along with tear-jerker ballads. With all the time spent and invested in the US the last three years, it just seems logical that the one and only Aaron Lee Tasjan has co-written one of the songs.
Main band members Mari and Tor Egil say on the process: «After two years of intense touring, and meeting tons of people, we are left with a feeling that there are many good forces at work in the world, even though the state of things can sometimes seem hopeless. Even though it wasn’t a planned theme in the songwriting process, we seem to have been inspired by this, and that hope and encouragement has become a common thread in our lyrical universe this time around.»