D’Arcy Spiller may as yet be an unknown quantity, but her music will transport you to some achingly familiar places. The tender compositions of her debut EP deal with hedonism and hurt, with a voice that could shuck the most brittle heart.
For the past two years, Spiller has finessed her sound while living, travelling and studying across Los Angeles, Sydney and Melbourne. Lyrically, Little Demons has proved to be a personal exorcism. Working with producers JP Fung (Client Liaison, Birds of Tokyo), Chris Collins (Middle Kids) and John Lee (Totally Mild, Beaches), she has created five tracks as deceptively revealing as tarot cards. “I wanted to make something dark and beautiful,” she says, “for everyone else who has those dark spots.”
Little Demons opens with the celestial fade-in of ‘Cry All Night’, a song as intuitive as a half-awake state: “Something is calling you to come and find it”. Spiller compulsively began writing it on a snowy night when she was 17. “I’m very spiritual,” she says, “very big on the universe sending me signs. I run on instinct.” The song faded into the background until years later when, serendipitously, it resurfaced on her mother’s computer at a time when a close family friend was dying. ‘Cry All Night’ became entwined with feelings of grief and sorrow, to the extent that when she performs it live, Spiller has to recruit a guitarist so that she can hold it together when singing.