Toronto-based synth-pop trio DIANA turned in an excellent debut LP with Perpetual Surrender in 2013. They showed they could make huge, sweeping electronic environments while evoking private, intimate feelings. They’re set to drop their followup effort Familiar Touch later this month, and early singles “Confession” and “Slipping Away” suggest that they’ve continued to perfect that delicate balance.
Their latest single is “What You Get.” It’s a full, shimmering, mid-tempo churner with subtle ’80s vibes interjected by intricate guitar chords. Carmen Elle sings of the feelings that slowly creep up on you when you’re adverse to falling for someone, but it happens anyway. The song swells to a penetrating crescendo on the hook: “Did you really think you were too good to take the fall?/ What did you expect?/ This is what you get/ That’s what you get for being in love.” The tension between the complex guitar plucks and filling synths mirror the conflicting feelings that come with that uneasy freefall. Check it out via NPR below.
02 “What You Get”
03 “Slipping Away”
04 “Moment of Silence”
05 “The Coward”
09 “These Words”
10 “Take it Over”
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Familiar Touch is out 11/18. Pre-order it here.