Premiere: Listen To Daryl James' New Single 'Moth To The Flame'

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Brisbane-based artist Daryl James will release his newest single, 'Moth To The Flame' this Friday (16 February).

But today, he has gifted scenestr first dibs on a listening party to the funky, gritty, psych-blues number that will have you wanting to skank-away your modern 'bad' habits.

"'Moth To The Flame' is about being hooked on doing things that we know are bad for us in the long run, but continuing to do them anyway, returning again and again, like a moth to a flame," confesses Daryl.

"What is the real cost of buying into all the distractions of modern life?… 'Moth To The Flame' is not a preachy song, I am sucked in too. It's an observation and an acknowledgement of the modern situation."

The second song lifted from Daryl's forthcoming debut album, 'Insofar', 'Moth To The Flame' came to life "very differently from the other songs on the album, leaning more heavily on the production as opposed to just pure live takes".

"I really went to town getting creative with the editing and processing, using lots of effects, both analogue and digital… I really wanted this song to sound different, with one foot retaining a traditional acoustic feel, and the other foot boldly stepping into the future with modern beats and abstract sounds, developing the Roots-Future concept I really want to explore with my music.

"It really was a lot of fun to make and pushed a lot of personal boundaries both musically and lyrically. I recorded and performed the whole thing myself at home, so it was a fully immersive experience; very different to recording with other people."

'Moth To The Flame' is released Friday 16 February. Daryl James will launch 'Insofar' at The Bearded Lady (Brisbane) 22 March.

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