Exclusive Track Premiere: Darja “9 to 5”

Serbian artist Darja has been quietly honing her craft since she arrived in Austin, appearing on Sofar Sounds bills with a sound that was initially closer to Regina Spektor than modern pop. But this year, Darja has undergone a transformation, infusing her sound with the minimalist electro R&B Austin listeners might normally associate with acts like Keeper and Mélat. “9 to 5,” which we’re excited to premiere today for you, highlights Darja’s new sound wonderfully, with her piano and icy voice joined by a looping, lo-fi vocal sample and brittle drums. Darja and collaborator Casie Luong’s impressive songwriting chops are on full display in “9 to 5” but MÖ’s futurist production and playful arrangement brings out even more richness in Darja’s vocal performance, placing her at the forefront of Austin’s exploding pop scene. Give it a listen, then be sure to catch Darja live at One-2-One Bar next Tuesday, August 15th!