We already saw Portland singer-songwriter Casey Dienel, aka White Hinterland, evolve from “the acoustic, brushed drum jazz feel of her first outing to the denser, darker electro realm of [2010's] Kairos,” but it seems Dienel’s Katy Perry cover was a harbinger of even more change. White Hinterland’s fourth album, Baby, is coming on April Fool’s Day, and — no joke — lead single “Ring The Bell” is a lush, buoyant, R&B-informed dance-pop track that would fit right in on BEYONCÉ. Explains a press release:
After two and a half years of writing and recording material in Montreal and Portland, OR, Dienel moved back in to her family home in Scituate, MA. There she forged a new aesthetic, spending five months building her own studio, The Glades, in her parents’ basement – the same space where she practiced piano and vocal lessons as a child. Determined to helm her new album, Dienel spent months studying production, poring over YouTube tutorials about Protools, mic’ing techniques and other minutiae.
“Ring The Bell” most definitely reflects that new aesthetic. It’s a right and natural progression for Dienel and a mighty fine lead single. Check it out below in a lyric video.
Baby is out 4/1 via Dead Oceans.