Incredibly excited to share the debut single from Belfast noir-pop duo Dark Tropics taken from their upcoming debut album, due out later this year, the moody ‘Badlands’, encapsulates the world of Dark Tropics perfectly. Highlighted by lead singer Rio’s striking vocals, biting strings, and bright keys, ‘Badlands’ occupies a crepuscular realm inhabited by emotional beings that exist purely in states of betrayal, heartbreak and revenge. With a diverse, deep sound palette that straddles contemporary pop, neo-soul and classical arrangements, its the ideal introductory track to Dark Tropics swirling musical world.
The formation of Dark Tropics was inevitable. Drawn together by a bond that stretched from Ireland to Morocco, musicians Rio and Gerard found common ground in the form of Radiohead, Aretha Franklin and The Velvet Underground. Armed with the influences of William Somerset Maugham, Paul Aster and John Cooper-Clarke, the pair formed a partnership – one that relies equally on instinct and guile.
Their creative vision has bore fruit with timeless, cinematic, pop-noir. Powered by analogue instruments and retro recording techniques, their music sways and breathes as an entity in its own right.
Catch Dark Tropics Debut Gig Live:
13th February – Output Music Conference, Belfast