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Song Premiere: Darling West Put a Folky Spin on 'Don't Start Now'

Andreas Milde

Norwegian cosmic folk band Darling West turns pop singer Dua Lipa's "Don't Start Now" into a rootsy, ethereal post-breakup mantra.

The band says covering another artist's song allowed them to push themselves creatively.

"This is another result of playing around with cover songs in the studio. When we all of a sudden had so much time on our hands we decided to meet up with our band mates Christer and Thomas for some fun musical times without too much purpose or goals," the band tells Wide Open Country. "The process of turning a song from a completely different musical landscape into our own, is both educational and enjoyable. Also, the music not being your own sometimes gives room for totally different ideas and a freedom from the preconceived notions that come with having written the song. This particular song is also written by Norwegian songwriter Caroline Ailin, so that made it a bit more close to home. Tor came up with a desert bluesy banjo riff and Chris followed up, and then it all just kind of fell into place."

Listen to "Don't Start Now" below.

Darling West released their most recent album, We'll Never Know Unless We Try, earlier this year. The band won a Spellemann (a Norwegian Grammy) for 2016's Vinyl and a Heartache.

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