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Darkel Darkel

Forget The Wizard of Oz. "Be My Friend," the first track on Darkel, answers the hypothetical question, "What if Dark Side of the Moon synched up with The Exorcist?" Darkel-JB Dunckel, the half of Air who explored weedy crooning on that duo's Talkie Walkie–then follows the jam with a run of prog-pop, recalling everything from Beatles-esque jauntiness to Eno's Here Come the Warm Jets. Whereas Air is seductive but sometimes studious, Darkel is detached from expectations so brazenly flirtatious, and an afterglow radiates throughout the blithe, sprightly release.

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