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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Massachusetts alt-folk band was co-produced with Dan Cardinal.
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  1. Feb 28, 2018
    90
    Extralife is a record infused with apocalyptic dread, a collection of campfire sing-alongs for the end of days. As well, it's an oddly beautiful record, comfortable in its unsettling contemplations and rapturous.
  2. 80
    There’s a warm indulgence about the arrangements, which augment the folksy guitars and banjos with ruminative horns, misty string drones and electronics, that speaks loudly of hope and possibility.
  3. Mar 23, 2018
    80
    Bucolic, pastoral, and often willfully impressionistic, Extralife imagines a future that's not bereft of suffering or hardship, but tempered with hope and brimming with life.
  4. Apr 19, 2018
    78
    The Boston foursome's anxiously blissful take on apocalyptic concerns bends toward chamber pop after past Americana leanings, the 12 tracks grounded in plucky instrumentation and energetic harmony.
  5. Uncut
    Feb 28, 2018
    70
    Salvation lies in juxtaposing their dystopian vision against surging Beach Boys harmonies, gentle Simon & Garfunkel loveliness and the bucolic reverie of "Futures." [Mar 2018, p.25]
  6. 70
    Darlingside is an act that has latched onto a unique sound and rides it for 40 glorious minutes on the gorgeous and confident Extralife.
  7. Mar 22, 2018
    60
    Though there are still plenty of the Fleet Foxes-meets-Beach Boys elements to much of this new record, it also finds the band branching out with new sounds.
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