Taken from Sons & Daughters' third album The Gift,
Darling is the type of beautiful energetic indie pop
we've come to expect from the Glasgow band.
Lead singer Adele Bethel is on fine form,
backed up by a stomping, danceable beat and polished
off by Bernard Butler's production. The result
is much more towards the cheeriness of his
collaborations with David McAlmont than
Suede's signature cynicism, thrown together
with a touch of Latin brassiness that wouldn't be out
of place on a collaboration between Amy
Winehouse and Mark Ronson.
As an offering ahead of the album, it does the
requisite job of promising enough for the future to
make sure you want to come back. It might be more
suited to a summer barbeque or a day at the beach, but
in the meantime it does its best to remind us of
warmer weather, and that can't be a bad thing.