DYAN – “Faking” + Absence EP // Art: Sofia Bonati

DYAN continue their gorgeous roll out of new songs from the Absence EP which is out now. Hear a version of “Faking” in the new Netflix animated movie, Next GenRead more

Dyan – “Absence” // Art: Haruna Kawai

a blanket and a radio

remind me of that place we know

Dyan returns! Their recent cover of Jose Gonzalez’s “Cycling Trivialities” is fantastic but finally hearing “absence”, their first new original song in over a year, is a thrill. Alexis Marsh’s vocals are intimate, delicate, and haunting, yet still carry a wisp of optimism as she sings “don’t you doubt it” on repeat and the whole song slowly swells into a wonderfully cinematic gem. This will be on repeat for quite a long time.

“Absence” is the title track from Dyan’s forthcoming EP. Their debut album Looking For Knives was a top favorite of 2016.

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DYAN – “Cycling Trivialities” (cover) // Art: Fredrik Lerneryd

Updating the placid finger plucked guitar to cosmic bell synths and Jose Gonzalez’s police voice to the precise vocals of Alexis Marsh, DYAN’s cover of “Cycling Trivialities” is elegant and considered. Despite the challenge of the song resting on the same chords for most of its duration, DYAN gradually adds subtle twists and touches that, by the conclusion, immerse you in an expansive, ethereal world. Airy textures swirl above you in ways that would be trivial on their own, but mean so much more in context with everything else.

Afterwards, queue up “St. James” from VINYL MOON Volume 010: Dry for more clouds to get lost in.

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Mating Ritual – “Second Chance” + “Drunk” + Album Release Show 6/24 w/ DYAN & Inspired and The Sleep

After years of waiting and teasing, we are finally getting a full Mating Ritual album! The record is called How You Gonna Stop It? and I couldn’t be more stoked. If you haven’t got into Mating Ritual yet then here is your “Second Chance”! (Sorry…)

But seriously, I’ve selfishly had the raucous heartbreak jams “Second Chance” on repeat so long that its been followed up by another new track “Drunk” as well as a big concert announcement. Mating Ritual are celebrating the album release with a huge benefit show for Planned Parenthood on June 24th and The Hi-Hat in Los Angeles. And on top of all that goodness, there will be lives sets from TBE faves DYAN and Inspired & The Sleep as well as so much more.

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DYAN – “What Fiction Is For” // Aydin Buyuktas

Stop what you are doing and dive into this brand new track from DYAN. “What Fiction Is For” is the first bit of new music we’ve had from them since their stellar debut LP Looking For Knives dropped last summer. It’s a dreamy, crunchy, and dancy jam that I’ll be spinning all week in anticipation of their set at our SXSW showcase on Saturday!

Plus, DYAN recently dropped a video for the smash title track from Looking For Knives. Its shot in an abandoned hotel and is a total visual treat.

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DOUBLE DUTCH SXSW Showcase on Sat 3/18: Presented by The Burning Ear, Vinyl Moon, and Fancy PR

SXSW starts next week and we are back with another HUGE Official Showcase on Saturday March, 18th at The Sidewinder! DOUBLE DUTCH year two!


Lineup includes old TBE favorites like DYAN, St. Tropez, Magic Bronson, Klyne, Coucheron, Linying, Phoria, and Salt Cathedral, as well as some new faves like Yoke Lore, Giungla, Charlotte Cardin, The Shelters, and Chain Wallet.

I’m honored to be presenting the showcase in partnership with VINYL MOON and the awesome Fancy PR. Be sure to follow all the fun on Instagram and if you are in Austin come say Hi!

Until then, enjoy a playlist of all the bands!

Full Line Up:
7:45PM // Magic Bronson*
8PM // St. Tropez^
8:30PM // GIUNGLA*
8:55PM // Chain Wallet^
9:15PM // Linying*
9:55PM // YOKE LORE^
10:15PM // DYAN*
10:55PM // The Shelters^
11:15PM // Charlotte Cardin*
11:55PM // Coucheron^
12:15AM // Phoria*
12:55AM // Salt Cathedral^
1:15AM // Klyne*

* Inside Stage
^ Outside stage

DYAN completes a video triptych with clips for “Reality” & “The Push”

So here is a treat. It turns out that DYAN’s video for “Of Love” which I posted a while back was just the first of a trio. The triptych completed today with similarly stunning and minimal videos for “Reality” and “The Push”. These songs  are perfectly fitting for the slow and haunting video series directed by Sinziana Velicescu. While each song and video is a special thing by itself, when presented together like this they offer an otherworldly trip to lose yourself in for a beautiful 10 minutes.

And here is “Of Love”, the first of the triptych. Absolutely worth watching again.

Now, with 3 videos out for these songs from the mellower end of the album Looking For Knives, I hear we actually get a video for the album’s title track soon. Anyone in Austin for SXSW can also catch DYAN live at the shows below, including at our very own VINYL MOON and The Burning Ear official showcase!  Read more

[PREMIERE] DYAN – “Of Love” Video (+ School Night L.A. show)

Regular readers know that DYAN absolutely stole my heart last year with their stunning and immensely repeatable debut album Looking For Knives. Now, after great press from NPR, Billboard, Kick Kick Snare, & Indie Shuffle, (plus over a million Spotify plays of the album’s title track) it seems the rest of the world is taking proper notice! Today DYAN returns with their first video from new single “Of Love”, the tender and stripped back sleeper favorite from Looking For Knives. The video is a fantastic pairing to the music as it takes us on a visual adventure high above the frozen earth below. As if watching the world we live in through a lens of either hazy memories or wistful longing. It’s never quite clear with DYAN. That why it’s so perfect.

The video was directed by the amazing visual artist Sinziana Velicescu who shot DYAN’s album and single artwork as well as did photography for Vinyl Moon Volume 012.

Los Angeles, come see DYAN at School Night this Monday! Details below. RSVP for free entrance here.

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DYAN - Looking For Knives