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Desire Shares New Single “Darkside” & Announces New Album “Games People Play” out Later This Year via Italians Do It Better

March 20, 2024
Photo credit: Radka Letmeritz


Shares new single “Darkside”
Announces new album ‘Games People Play’ out later this year via Italians Do It Better
Tour dates with Johnny Jewel this May

Desire is sharing new single “Darkside” alongside the announcement of new album Games People Play, which will come out later this year via Italians Do It Better. This will be Desire’s third studio album following Escape (2022) & self titled Desire (2009). 

“Darkside” is the new slow burning single from Desire. It’s nocturnal synthwave in their classic cinema sound. Megan Louise’s voice levitates over heavy 808 drums pivoting between sultry Dream Pop & spoken word. Our heroine serenades us while the impressionistic haze of Johnny Jewel’s production casts it’s spell. It feels like the opening titles to a Neo-noire film…Games People Play.

“The song is about the invisible line we draw between our outer reality & our inner world. The darkside is a meatphor for the unmasked internal space that we rarely share with strangers. A secret realm that never sees the light of day. On the endless hunt for love, we crave a deeper connection that can only come with truth. The mirror sees you…on the darkside. Crash into the starlight.” – Desire

Entrancing immediately, the synth notes surround you and emit this nostalgic touch. The rhythms form and the atmosphere develops further adding to the addictive quality of this release, then the vocal notes join, bringing this melodic intimacy into the expressive ensemble and hooking the audience to capture each word. Through the shifting harmonies that fluctuate through the landscape, and the additional synth tweaks and tones, a calming mood is evoked from the vision to the listener, this creative composition drives the affection of the audience from start to finish.

Desire are embarking on a co-healine tour with Johnny Jewel with upcoming shows in San Francisco, Dublin, Paris, Manchester & Vancouver. In addition to this, Desire will also play Primavera Festival on May 29th and NYC Knowdown Centre on May 31st for a special performance, which will also see Johnny Jewel, Black Marble, Orion, Farah, Joon, Mothermary take the stage. 

Tour dates:

May 21 –  DUBLIN The Button Factory
May 23  – PARIS Le Trabendo
May 24 – MANCHESTER YES (The Pink Room)
May 29  – BARCELONA Primavera In The City
May 31 – NYC Knockdown Center (w/ Johnny Jewel, Black Marble, Orion, Farah, Joon & Mothermary)
Jun 28 – VANCOUVER Rickshaw Theater

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