By July 4, 2018

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‘Silver Bullet’ is the sophisticated second taste and first official single from Melbourne based songwriter/producer Darling James’ sophomore EP Mood Eyes. With pop sensibilities firmly intact, front man James O’Brien declares this track “the most focused song I will have released” and it’s hard to disagree.

Premiering on Savage Thrills this week, new single ‘Silver Bullet’ follows a similar vein to recent taste test ‘Didn’t Get It Right’. Darling James charms throughout, weaponising mesmeric synth and interweaving sparkling guitar runs, all underpinning the strain of trying to gain a quick fix towards stability. In his own words, O’Brien explains “I wrote Silver Bullet equally as a break up song with my own bad habits and to address a friend who seems stuck in the same kind of endless patterns of denial and blame I was.”

Before Darling James, O’Brien cut his teeth (co) fronting seminal Melbourne-via-Brisbane four-piece The Boat people, writing a break-out hit with YesYou, touring extensively with Machine Translations and being a part of Kate Miller-Heidke’s live band. He’s graced several national stages including Splendour In The GrassWoodford Folk Festival, Sunset SoundsBig Day Out and Southbound Festival.

Darling James’ debut EP Theory of Mind, released in late 2016 saw the multi instrumentalist earn rotation adds to triple j and Double J, lead single ‘ Ultimatum Talk’ gain over 120,000 streams on Spotify, sell out hometown shows and play supports with Olympia, The Church, Dan Kelly and Ella Hooper.

Darling James ‘Silver Bullet’ is OUT NOW. Catch him live in August during a run of East Coast dates perfoming songs from forthcoming EP Mood Eyes.


“It’s as much an aural roller-coaster as it is an emotional one, as O’Brien lays everything out on his sleeve to present a vulnerable, honest, incredibly alluring composition that stands as an exceedingly strong first foot forward and leaves us pretty dang excited to see what’s next to emerge from the fledgling Darling James camp.”
– Mitch Knox, themusic.com.au

“This has the clever pop sensibilities and piercing lyrics you’d expect from a guy who was once a part of the criminally underrated Brisbane act The Boat People.”
– Dom Alessio, triple j

“His songs are consistently surprising, playful and boundary-pushing, but still with an accessible emotional core.”
– Kate Miller-Heidke

“His debut single Ultimatum Talk hinted at a songwriter and producer extending an already unique and eclectic musical perspective to new discoveries.”
– Wally De Baker (Gotye)