The D'arcy Problems recently dropped their debut single, Shishio's Hideout, and with it, they are making their ChicagoNow debut. An experimental side project of Chicago emo outfit Annie's Takeout, this new single shows artistic growth in their ability to push the boundaries of where emo and punk music can go.
The production on Shishio's Hideout is hazy and intoxicating. The wavy synths pull the listener in immediately, taking them on a journey that is dreamy and ethereal. The bass is pulsating throughout, and the drums add a psychedelic touch to an already trippy instrumental palette.
The lyrics are poetic and inviting, often dealing in a mixture of temptation and heartbreak. As the title implies, the words seem to point toward a place of refuge one can go when times get hard -- one filled with Adderall and drugged out misadventure. However, there is something romantic about how these themes are portrayed here.
Between the intoxicating production and temptation-filled lyrics, there is a true sense of escapism going on throughout Shishio's Hideout. The world is a rough, unforgiving place, one that is impossible to find refuge in for so many people. The way that The D'arcy Problems find refuge in everything considered toxic is truly beautiful, and they found a way to be experimental without losing their musical identity in the process.
Shishio's Hideout is now available on all platforms.
Stream Shishio's Hideout on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/track/7oB4ym92nSRfqdMRsjuvU6?si=kR3SNA3uSDGBfcEcI_1l7A
Follow The D'arcy Problems on Instagram @thedarcyproblems
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