Introducing: DIANA

DianaWhat a questionable year this has turned out to be – has there been a bigger let down of the 21st Century so far than 2016? If you’re struggling to stay patient waiting for it to end (less than a month to go people – so close and yet so far), why not let us take you back instead? Back to an easier era of electronic pop, which is being wonderfully recreated by Canadian trio DIANA.

The Toronto-based band, signed to record label Jagjaguwar, uses a strong combo of synths, playful guitar riffs, sweet taps on a drum pad and glossy vocals to create breezy, heart-swelling pop tracks with a vintage yet timeless disco feel.

After meeting whilst both studying jazz at the University of Toronto, band members and song writers Kieran Adams (drums) and Joseph Shabason (saxophone) started the project together before enlisting singer and guitarist Carmen Elle to add vocals to their collection of demos. Elle has also played with fellow Canadian band Austra and is one half of duo lo-fi garage pop band Army Girls.

The result of this alliance was a musical match made in heaven and an incredibly well-received debut album “Perpetual Surrender” (which also features the workings of guitarist and Toronto University classmate Paul Mathew). On it are such gems as the silky and ever-so-soothing title track, and dreamy electro ballad “Born Again”.

Four years later, the band are continuing to produce tight wistful records with recently released second album “Familiar Touch”, on which they raise the pulse ever so slightly higher.

Listen to album opener “Confession” below and find out more about DIANA here.


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