It is with great excitement that 100s + 1000s announce Melbourne-based artist D’Arcy Spiller’s debut EP Little Demons will be released on Friday 12 June. To mark the occasion, D’Arcy has shared her new single ‘Deep Black Sea’, the third taste of the forthcoming EP and the spellbinding follow up to her debut singles ‘Cry All Night’ and ‘Wildfire’.
Recorded in one take with Chris Collins (Middle Kids, Skegss, Ruby Fields) while in LA, ‘Deep Black Sea’ tempestuously describes the dilemma of wanting something intensely but knowing that it could ruin everything, like “fire to the gasoline”. “So you keep it to yourself, but the longer you do that, the more insidious it becomes,” Spiller explains.
Featuring a driving bassline, reverb drenched guitar and D’Arcy’s smoky vocals that build to a choir-like climax, ‘Deep Black Sea’ is a dark and addictive offering that leaves you desperate for more – a song that embraces D’Arcy’s witchy tendencies with open arms.
D’Arcy’s debut EP Little Demons is a collection of five songs that will transport you to some achingly familiar places. The sometimes tender, sometimes driving compositions deal with hedonism and hurt, built around a voice that is instantly unique, all her own, equal parts robust yet delicate. Lyrically, Little Demons has proved to be a personal exorcism. Along with Chris Collins, D’Arcy worked with producers JP Fung (Client Liaison, Silverchair), John Lee (Totally Mild, Beaches) and Xavier Dunn (Jack River, CXLOE, Nina Las Vegas) to create five tracks as revealing as tarot cards. “I wanted to make something dark and beautiful,” she says, “for everyone else who has those dark spots.”
D’Arcy’s debut release, ‘Cry All Night’, debuted on triple j Unearthed in October last year and was met with an outpouring of glowing reviews from hosts including Declan Byrne, Claire Mooney and Max Quinn. The track peaked at #9 on the station’s Unearthed chart and led to her touring with label-mate and rising star Fergus James on his headline national tour, a mutually complementary pairing that wowed crowds across the country.
D’Arcy has always been somewhat of a rolling stone. She has lived in four cities across three countries in her short life, including a stint in the USA where she honed her love for music at Berklee College of Music in Boston. With a vocal style that draws parallels to bohemian greats like Cat Power, Meg Mac and Phoebe Bridgers, D’Arcy Spiller writes music for the modern-day dreamer. ‘Deep Black Sea’ is another example of her apt talent for harnessing emotion and the shared human experience and transforming it into arresting, soul cleansing music.
100s + 1000s can’t wait to share the rest of Little Demons with the world. D’Arcy hopes listeners experience the same catharsis it gave her to create it.