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Introducing: Diana

By December 4, 2012

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Name: Diana
From: Toronto, Ontario
Story: Destroyer-related, luxurious synth-pop
Sound: Sax'd out soft-rock licks and syrupy synths

I've already decreed Diana as one of 2012's best new bands and made them a silver bullet recommendation at this year's CMJ, but if you've yet to make their acquaintance, this week's Introducing is dedicated to you.

Diana themselves embody the spirit of long-distance dedications: serving up heaving hearts and sensual tempos and hot breath saxophones and soft-rock jones. They feature Destroyer saxophonist and stylist Joseph Shabason, which explains plenty about Diana, who share Daniel Bejar's recent fascinating for coked-out late-period Roxy Music, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan et al.

The songs are sung by another connected Canadian type, ex-Army Girl and sometime solo act Carmen Elle. And her voice truly luxuriates amidst all the resplendent synths; sounding sassy in "Born Again" and breathy in "Perpetual Surrender."

These re, still, the only two songs Diana has turned out; but it feels completely distasteful to complain about the lack of follow-ups given how great they are. The good news is, the trio have a a whole full-length completed, and looming in the 'coming soon' camp. Come its 2013 release, there'll likely be scores more killer jams, and bona fide buzz-band status seems preordained.


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