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Diana : Born Again

Last year I managed to tick a few long-standing items off my personal live music “bucket list” – Liars, Harvey Milk, Jeff Mangum – but most significant for me was finally getting to see Destroyer in Manchester in November, a magical show made even more special by the presence of saxophonist Joseph Shabason, who added just the right balance of smooth jazz sheen and gritty skronk. Shabason also plays with DIANA, a Toronto-based post-chillwave disco-pop outfit led by vocalist Carmen Elle, and his sax lends tracks like “Perpetual Surrender” an extra layer of glossy, Roxy Music-like sophistication; no (real) woodwinds on forthcoming Forest Family Records single “Born Again” (below), but the synthesized solo towards the end pushes the song in a swinging “future-boogie” direction. The band are currently shopping their recently completed debut album around various labels with a view to a Summer release; you’ll hear more when we do.

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About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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