Fast forward to 2016 and Darling is releasing his first official album in the US. Entitled, Songs From Under The Hat, the record is a compilation of all three Darling solo albums to date – Shell, Stew Americano and Coloured Life – and it’s a perfect way to get acquainted with this uniquely gifted artist. Darling has been quoted as saying “at school, I played in a lot of bands, a black funk act, even at the Southern Baptist Church in Tujunga every Sunday, until they kicked me out for falling asleep under a piano,” but he also attended music school in LA in order to learn to write songs properly. Of course that Church’s loss is our mutual gain as it is this combination of eccentricity and expertise that makes his recordings such a revelation. And naturally, Songs From Under The Hat roves to be just as revelatory – and what the world is waiting for.