Darius Holbert may split his time between Texas, New York City, and Los Angeles, but he plans under DARIUSTX, a telling sign that his true loyalties lie with his home state. Just in case there was any doubt about the Dallas native’s Lone Star credentials, the name of his forthcoming record, out December 11, should offer further clues: DARIUSTX V. The Angels Of Goliad isn’t the sort of thing a Yankee would call an album.
The title suggests some serious Texana, but don’t listen to The Angels of Goliad expecting traditionalism—Holbert, whose day job includes composing music for fellow weirdo James Franco’s Making A Scene web series and scoring films like Hobo With A Shotgun, doesn’t get to Goliad along any of the well-traveled paths. The album may include guitars, fiddles, and banjos, but the music Holbert makes as DARIUSTX is too idiosyncratic to fit into stereotypes.
Between the frenetic, constantly accelerating rhythm, the screech of Holbert’s vocals, and the instrumental breakdown that sounds like a roadhouse band hopped up on some of the cheapest score they could find, “In The Shadow Of The Death-Bird’s Wing” zigs every time you expect it to zag. Take a listen to the song, premiering exclusively via the Daily Post, below, for one example of how DARIUSTX V. The Angels of Goliad puts a decidedly unique spin on Texas music.