The Darcys - AJA (Arts & Crafts)
Less than a year ago, The Darcys were dealing with some serious flux. Having recently lost its lead singer, and in the midst of a messy legal battle over the release of its self-titled sophomore album – which was eventually released for free – the band somehow soldiered on with guitarist Jason Couse taking over vocal duties. The band finds deliverance through follow-up AJA, an adaptation of Steely Dan’s 1977 jazz-rock hit. The hazy post-rock reading is shrouded with moody atmospherics, layering Steely Dan’s pillowy melodies over scratchy guitars, feedback and noisy distortion. Blistering and somewhat heavy, this is Steely Dan like you’ve never heard before.