Black Sabbath may not seem a natural source of inspiration for Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington’s ambient electronic collaboration Darkside, but the British hard rockers provide quite a canvas for the duo in the form of their moody, slow burning track “Planet Caravan.” Performing a cover for BBC One at Maida Vale, Jaar and Harrington exert their usual bouncy minimalism, and substitute Ozzy’s vocals for Jaar’s wobbly falsetto. The most stark difference is the drum beat, which on the Sabbath original was merely bongos. The layering of the guitars and the spacey synths somehow make the song even more astral than it was before. It’s become so thoroughly a Darkside track that it barely counts as a cover. This is music for stargazing, or perhaps, for staring at the place where the stars are supposed to be.
Check out “Planet Caravan” below and look for Dave Harrington’s solo EP Before This There Was One Heart But A Thousand Thoughts on May 5th via Other People.
STREAM: Darkside – “Planet Caravan (Black Sabbath Cover)”