In 2012, the success of DIANA's first single—which drew comparisons to the soft-focus pop of Roxy Music and Cocteau Twins—came as a surprise. Initially a one-off project, the Toronto-based trio quickly recorded more. Within a year they were touring internationally, remixed by Four Tet, and longlisted for Canada's prestigious Polaris Music Prize. Ahead of Familiar Touch, their eagerly-anticipated sophomore LP, the band took extended time to reflect and consider what's next, eventually finding their way over sessions at a rented cottage in rural Québec. "Well worth the wait," says THUMP, who note the album's more rhythmically driven sound. This from newfound inspiration: early '90s dance music and the rich, ambitious studio production that defined in the '70s and '80s.
Coverage on music blogs
Want to be the first to know about next week's premiere? Sign up!
Records Recently Premiered on Hype Machine
All albums are selected by our team and featured free of charge. You can see the complete list of our premieres here.
Hype Machine has been introducing the world to new music since 2005. We track music blogs and present what they discuss for easy discovery on the iPhone, Android, and the web. These album premieres are our effort to highlight new releases we enjoy.