RADAR: Darlingside

Cinematic progressive pop is the mainstay of Darlingside, a New England quintet that fuses elements of art/rock, folk and classical instrumentation into luxuriously harmonied and hook-heavy songs. Forthcoming debut album Pilot Machines, set for a July launch, was produced by Nathaniel Kunkel (Sting, Crosby/Nash, Maroon 5) created at the band's home "hi-fi recording laboratory and playground" near the Connecticut River. Meticulously arranged with orchestral flair and remarkably entwined vocal choruses, Pilot Machines promises that the five friends -- all songwriters and accomplished musicians -- have fashioned an album brimming with smarts and ambition. The Darlingside style is summed up nicely with "Still", a sharply tailored anthem that manages to convey big ideas -- and an equally big melody -- minus any superfluous, pompous bluster. Also of note: the interesting subscription program for fans leading up to the album's full release this summer.

Darlingside - "Still" (from Pilot Machines)

Darlingside - "Blow the House Down" (from Pilot Machines)