Back in 2013, Scissor Sisters‘ own Del Marquis enlisted a troupe of talented singer-songwriters — including Bright Light Bright Light, Xavier and Bridget Barkan — to form a NYC-based collective called Slow Knights and released a record called Cosmos.
Two years later, the group’s come together for a second time this spring for a second, more ambitious, more dark and more saucy collection called Living In A Dark World, out today (April 20).
For the music nerd — those of you who might have spent the past weekend crawling through crates for Record Store Day — there’s a lot to love about the nostalgic set, which twirls through bouncy, ’80’s-leaning funk fantasies recalling Prince and Vanity 6, Control-era Janet (“Living In A Dark World”) and hot, throbbing throwback disco pulsations (“Bang The Drum” provides dreamy shades of Giorgio Moroder‘s work with Donna Summer), occasionally navigating into emotional power ballads (like the PopJustice-approved “Without You”) and guitar-driven bops that play like remastered ’80’s pop classics (“Lush Life”). (Naturally, I’m particularly keen on the baby-makin’ slow jamz, like the lustful “Just Kiss” and “Erotic City Nights.”)
Somehow, just like the diverse group of musicians involved, it all works together as one.
To celebrate the release, check out the full stream of Living In A Dark World up top, as well as two exclusive remixes of “Candy Sugar Rush” by Louis La Roche and Luxxury below.
‘Living In A Dark World’ was released on April 20. (iTunes)