Darling James returns, offering 2-for-1 single/ video deal for the beat-driven ‘You’re the Only One I Need Now’, lifted from his sophomore EPMOOD EYES. The single sees the Melbourne based songwriter revel in a joyful, heart on sleeve love song, which premiered via The Music this week.
Following the release of the MOOD EYES EP, ‘You’re The Only One I Need Now’ follows up with a stunning visual to match. The up-beat slice from the EP celebrates the object of Darling James‘ affection; exploring the relief of no longer looking for a quick fix and seeking connection in the wrong places. The video captures in kaleidoscopic scenes James O’Brien’s home town of Melbourne; pairing a boomerang-like visual effect with a tight percussive beat.
Darling James reflected on the single suggesting, “I wanted to make a song that was simple enough to be taken as what it mostly is – an un-selfconscious ode to that special person in your life – but also to allude to how you get there, from teenage desire to young adult drunken escapades to shared values and respect. The song is necessarily musically and lyrically uncomplicated but at the same time it’s textually quite dense. Similarly, the clip is in one way very direct with a person singing to camera most of the time but it also utilities complex and layered effects at its core.”
His sophomore EP MOOD EYES is a clutch of six pastel-pop sonic supernovas that strode into the world on August 3rd. O’Brien, the man behind the Darling James moniker pieced together MOOD EYES at home over most of 2017, reworking countless tracks to solidify the six track EP before completing the mixes with long-time collaborator Robin Waters (Eves Karydas, Ella Hooper, Washington,The Boat People). The result is a complex, nuanced offering that addresses wide-ranging subject matter from regret and acceptance (‘Didn’t Get It Right’), burning the candle at both ends (‘Glass Canoe’) to the joy of leaving the party scene behind for the one you love (‘You’re the Only One I Need Now’).
Darling James will be performing as part of a Wednesday residency at Melbourne institution, Cherry Bar, throughout October. ‘You’re The Only One I Need Now’ single/ video is OUT NOW.