…"Now's the time for believing.." begins the chorus of "Born Again", the first single from DIANA. On a surface level, the song floats by on a cloud, the bass keeping you buoyed while the synths elevate youinto an opiated trance. Digging deeper into the lyrics however, we find a story of struggle in a small town, small-minded animosity, and the joy of triumph over adversity. With lush sounds and strong melodies, these songs entice the listener into a world that is deeper than its surface lets on. Read More...
…”Now’s the time for believing..” begins the chorus of “Born Again”, the first single from DIANA. On a surface level, the song floats by on a cloud, the bass keeping you buoyed while the synths elevate youinto an opiated trance. Digging deeper into the lyrics however, we find a story of struggle in a small town, small-minded animosity, and the joy of triumph over adversity. With lush sounds and strong melodies, these songs entice the listener into a world that is deeper than its surface lets on.
DIANA is Joseph Shabason, Kieran Adams, and Carmen Elle. Paul Mathew has since joined to round out the live show. Shabason and Adams spent endless hours making music together since meeting at music school and used what was left of their time lending their saxophone and drumming skills, respectively, to many bands in their native Canada, including Shabason’s recent contributions to Destroyer’s Kaputt album and subsequent touring.
Taking demos that they had written on a late August trip to a lakeside cottage, the two went into the studio with co?producer Roger Leavens. Carmen Elle came in to sing on a track. Both Kieran and Joseph had seen Elle perform in different groups and thought that her voice would add something special to the songs, a massive underestimation. Regardless of who wrote these lyrics and melodies, the songs belonged to Elle the second they left her mouth, each nuance of phrasing and melody deepening the sentiments put forth. With Elle’s lush vocals in place it felt right to give the project a life beyond the studio. DIANA was born.
There is something looming in the corners these songs, a pop sensibility is undeniably present, but never overwhelming. There is always enough room left for the imagination to complete the picture. Though you might hear echoes from times past, this music is definitely of a new school. DIANA comparisons defy eras; from Roxy Music to Toro Y Moi, from Style Council to Nite Jewel, from Sade to Twin Sister. This makes sense; though they’re happy to be in this good company, for DIANA the point is pushing forward, and that they do.
- DIANA's "Familiar Touch" is #7 on Gorilla vs. Bear's Albums of 2016
- DIANA's new album "Familiar Touch" is available to stream on Gorilla vs. Bear
- DIANA's "What You Get" highlighted on NPR's "Songs We Love"
- DIANA's "Confession" Premiere and Album Announcement on The FADER
- DIANA's "Slipping Away" premieres on Stereogum
- DIANA's "Strange Attraction" video premieres on Stereogum
- DIANA's "Perpetual Surrender" featured in the New York Times
- DIANA featured in Nylon Magazine
- DIANA's "Perpetual Surrender" featured as Dazed's Video Of The Week
- DIANA included on Gorilla vs. Bear's Albums of 2013
- DIANA's Carmen Elle is "leading the pack" says Time Magazine
- DIANA perform "Foreign Installation" live in their garage practice space
- DIANA named The Guardian's New Band of the Day
- DIANA's "Born Again" featured on Yours Truly
- DIANA featured on the Anti-Hit List for June 30 in the Toronto Star