7/10 Phil Staff review, 14 August 2013
They’re making a film about Diana (the car crashy one) with Naomi Watts weirdly looking too much like her. The whole things scares me so I’m not gonna talk about it again. It was to neatly lead me into this band called Diana and their new album on Jagjaguwar which is out this week but I feel like I’ve clumsily trampled over a nations feelings in the process. Oh well.
Diana are from Toronto and the members have lent their many talents to The Hidden Cameras and Destroyer to name a couple. So you’ve got a bunch of folks who know how to play on their debut album. Musically it’s sweet sounding electro pop with an '80s vibe. ‘That Feeling’ is a great little tune with punchy synth stabs, an awesome lolloping bassline and a cheeky ‘80s sounding drum machine. It kind of reminds me of Saint Etienne. ‘Strange Attraction’ starts off with a clanking late mid 80’s period drum beat before it chills into a summerry and queasy electro pop tune with elements of The Knife in there (albeit more poppy).
Throughout the album there are bold pop songs with big nods to the ‘80s, synths and electro pop. There’s lots of sunny pop tunes with a quirkiness which make it more interesting that your standard electro pop affair and it’s remarkably un-cheesy despite it making me wanna watch ‘Miami Vice’ again. I’m gonna have to stop writing this one as I cut my finger on a tape gun and I’m finding typing increasingly difficult!
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