Helmed by the talented multi-instrumentalist Kyle Nicolaides, Beware of Darkness has found acclaim for its brand of dark, bluesy indie rock from major outlets like Rolling Stone. A performance on Conan has also helped raise their profile. Earlier this year, the group dropped a new mixtape, Sanctuary Season, which finds them diving into new angles on their sound, incorporating electronic and hip-hop production influences.
Following an acoustic performance of the Sanctuary Season cuts “A Stranger Saved My Life”, Beware of Darkness took to the studio for a stunning performance of “M E D U S A”, which features some beautifully melancholy baritone guitar playing from Nicolaides.
Nicolaides explains the spare arrangement of “M E D U S A” to PopMatters: “I did these acoustic sessions to strip down the songs I wrote. It’s interesting how different a song can sound with new instrumentation. Back in the day I used to play in clubs with just an acoustic guitar and voice. I think part of that stuck with me, which is why I love doing it still. These sessions were an opportunity to go back to that.”
The Sanctuary Season mixtape is out now. You can stream it via the Soundcloud embed below: