DIANA Deliver Smooth, Sax-y 'Perpetual Surrender' Video

Canuck crew with ties to Destroyer prep LP for August 20

Chris Martins WRITTEN BY
Chris Martins

Canadian crew DIANA are in the business of wedding smoothe grooves to enchanting soul. Contemporaries Rhye come to mind, though this band's arty approach might have more in common with their soon-to-be tourmates Austra. Also, it's impossible to ignore the fact that founding member Joseph Shabason played sax all over Destroyer's excellently soft-rocking 2011 platter Kaputt — the lineage is undeniable even if the approach on a song like "Perpetual Surrender" is more spacious. (Also, are we to ignore the title's proximity to "Careless Whisper"?)

Rounded out by Kieran Adams, Carmen Elle, and Paul Mathew, the group has ties to Arts & Crafts O.G.s the Hidden Cameras and R&B dubstronauts Bonjay as well — all of which is to say: Their bona fides are solid. Now enjoy the mellow delight above. The accompanying video from director Jesse Yules is bewitching in its own right, made using paintings of a woman who certainly resembles Elle that are being physically bent in order to simulate movement. The song will feature on DIANA's LP debut of the same name, Perpetual Surrender, due August 20 via Jagjaguwar.

DIANA tour dates:

August 30 - Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom *
August 31 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
September 1 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club *
September 4 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
September 5 - Portland, OR @ Star Theater
September 10 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom *
September 12 - Dallas, TX @ Trees *
September 13 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk *
September 14 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's *
September 15 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks *
September 17 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
September 18 - Carrboro, NC @ Cats Cradle *
September 19 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat *
September 20 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
September 22 - New York , NY @ Webster Hall *
September 24 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
September 25 - Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
September 26 - Toronto, ON @ The Great Hall
November 25 - London, UK @ Koko *

*with Austra

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