By Alex HudsonJoseph Shabason previously played smooth sax on Destroyer's outstanding album Kaputt, and now he makes up one quarter of the fast-rising Toronto electronic pop outfit DIANA. Today is a big one for the band, as they have inked a deal with with Paper Bag Records in Canada, announcing they will release their self-titled debut LP on August 20. In the U.S., however, it will arrive via Jagjaguwar.
The songs were written and demoed by Shabason and Kieran Adams, who then recruited vocalist Carmen Elle. The lineup is rounded out by Paul Mathew. DIANA was co-produced by Roger Leavens (Woodhands, the Rural Alberta Advantage).
According to a press release, "a pop sensibility is undeniably present" in these eight songs. For a taste of the band's atmospheric sound, watch a psychedelic video for the smoothly atmospheric "Born Again" at the bottom of this page.
Scroll past the tracklist to see DIANA's tour dates. The schedule includes three Ontario gigs, in addition to U.S. and European shows.
1. Foreign Installation 2. That Feeling 3. Perpetual Surrender 4. Strange Attraction 5. Anna 6. Born Again 7. New House 8. Curtains
5/16 Brighton, UK - The Great Escape (Green Door Store) 5/18 Brighton, UK - The Great Escape (Digital) 5/20 London, UK - Cargo 5/21 London, UK - Madame Jojo's 5/22 London, UK - Shacklewell Arms 5/23 Paris, France - La Fleche d'Or 6/13 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern (NXNE) 7/6 Toronto, ON - Downsview Park * 8/10 Kingston, ON - Wolf Island Festival 8/30 Detroit, MI - Crofoot Ballroom ^ 8/31 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall ^ 9/1 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock ^ 9/4 Seattle, WA - Neumos ^ 9/5 Portland, OR - Star Theater (MusicFest NW) 9/10 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom ^ 9/12 Dallas, TX - Trees ^ 9/13 Austin, TX - Mohawk ^ 9/14 Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds ^ 9/15 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks ^ 9/17 Atlanta, GA - The Earl ^ 9/18 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle ^ 9/19 Washington, DC - Black Cat ^ 9/20 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer ^ 9/22 New York, NY - Webster Hall ^ 9/24 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall ^