Published Jul 18, 2012We knew that Diamond Rings' sophomore album was on the way sometime soon, and sure enough, the Toronto pop sensation also known as John O'Regan has now officially announced his forthcoming full-length.
The new album is called Free Dimensional, and it will be out in Canada on October 23 through Secret City Records. The record was co-produced by Montreal-based studio whiz Damian Taylor (Björk, Austra), and according to a press release, it preserves the "melodicism, clever juxtapositions, and lyrical honesty" of 2010's Special Affections while pushing into a new, more intricately produced direction.
"I wanted the first album to have that homespun quality," the songwriter said in a statement. "A big part of being afraid of something is not understanding it. Once I became more comfortable with the medium of electronic music, it was only natural to want to improve."
The result is what's said to be an album that draws on many influences while still sounding timeless.
"I really wanted the album to feel as though it was very much of the here-and-now, but also indistinguishable from what's come before -- and what is yet to come -- in music," O'Regan said.
The album will include the recent single "I'm Just Me," whose video you can view at the bottom of the page.
For an additional taste of what's in store, check out a cryptic teaser video below, which shows the singer stranded in the desert with his guitar. This includes a snippet of a haunting, keyboard-based song featuring an angelic wordless melody.
In support of Free Dimensional, Diamond Rings will be joining Stars on their upcoming U.S. tour. While there aren't any Canadian dates at the moment, you can see all the scheduled American stops, which find the acts going from coast to coast, below.
9/20 Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
9/21 Boston, MA - Paradise
9/22 New York, NY - Webster Hall
9/23 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
9/25 Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
9/26 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
9/27 Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre
9/28 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
9/29 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
10/2 Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
10/3 Cincinnati, OH - 20th Century Theatre
10/4 Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe - Old National Centre
10/5 St. Louis, MO - Plush
10/6 Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
10/9 Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
10/10 Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
10/11 Little Rock, AR - Revolution Music Room
10/12 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's Upstairs
10/13 Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
10/17 San Diego, CA - House of Blues
10/18 Los Angeles, CA - Mayan Theater
10/19 Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
10/20 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore