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.
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.
After years of waiting
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.
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
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.
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.
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
So here is a treat. It turns out that DYAN’s video for “Of Love” which I posted a
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 inÂ 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!Â Read more
RegularÂ readersÂ know that DYAN absolutely stole my heart last year with their stunning and immensely repeatable debut album Looking
Los Angeles, come see DYAN at School Night this Monday! Details below. RSVP for free entrance here.