Darksoft: Only Time Will Tell

Only Time Will Tell is the second single from the upcoming nine-track album, Beigeification, by Portland through Seattle project, Darksoft. Brian Fisher (Hibou, Éclo, Eastern Souvenirs) mixed the song, and Stefan Mac (Cold War Kids, No Vacation, Sea Lemon) did the mastering.

The nine-song album combines dreampop, shoegaze, and alternative rock components, as well put together, easing instrumentals merge with soft vocals. The album's concept relies upon a number of beigey moods and pastel phrases to match the sense of alienation of the current era. Only Time Will Tell is a lush and dreamy track which is representative of the project's new material.

Only Time Will Tell is released together with a nicely made DIY music video of VHS looks made by Darksoft.

Darksoft releases an artist statement on the new album:

"For lyrics on Beigeification, I'm using a lot of 'thought-terminating cliches.' These overused phrases have the effect of ending a conversation, because they are vague, universal truths. What's also interesting is that grammatically they say absolutely nothing, but they carry a lot of weight in context. Example cliche phrases: 'it is what it is,' 'you gotta do what you gotta do,' 'win some lose some,' 'only time will tell,' 'to each their own.'

"This theme has been fun to play with, and I think fits the general attitude after watching the world over the past few years. To stay sane and functional as a digital being, you sort of have to accept that an endless barrage of bad news will always be at your fingertips, and then focus on what matters to you. I don't want to encourage inaction, but when so much negativity piles up, it's like, 'whaddya gonna do?'

"Also, remember when everything got beigeified? Perhaps your parents painted the walls beige to increase the 'resell value' of their home (even if they weren't selling it). Or think of Carmela Soprano's Etruscan-themed living room, or how beige was used for conformity reasons on workplace PCs for most of the 20th century.

"I want these songs on Beigeification to carry nothing too heavy, say something without saying anything, and sit in the background of everyday life, like how sand fits around your toes at the beach, passive like the color beige, and worn-out like these idioms."

Beigeification will be released digitally by Look Up Records on Friday January 13th, 2023, with tapes coming through the Olympia-based label, 2060 Records.





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