Published Jul 25, 2016"Here comes the light that I desired," DIANA vocalist Carmen Elle sings softly in the opening moments of new single, "Slipping Away." While built into a greater narrative, the line resonates for those that have been waiting for the band to finally follow-up 2013's Perpetual Surrender.
The track goes from an echo-heavy intro towards a mid-'80s pop 'n' b arrangement full of quickly jerked guitar lines, diamond-shimmer keyboard work, Miami Sound Machine-grade horn harmonies and busy drum programming. Thematically, it takes a look at pride, fear, and being "lost in the pressure of the moment."
In a statement, DIANA's Kieran Adams had this to say about the new song:
"Slipping Away" is basically a song about trying to be a better person" he says. "It's about trying to uncover the layers of experience that you build, the things that create your world that aren't necessarily under your control, and trying to let go of boundaries that you might feel enclosed by. Pride and expectations do so much harm to individuals and society and we often push away enlightenment because we have a flawed image of what a positive shift feels like, and we choose comfort instead of change.
It can be a struggle and I think that's reflected in the track. It's dance music at its core, but we were trying to balance the elements that feel a little more 'heady' and introspective with elements that are more visceral. It takes an effort of both mind and body to pull yourself away from old habits, and separate the pride and regret that are sedimented into our life experience.
DIANA are currently working on their sophomore LP, though details on the disc have yet to be revealed in full. For the moment, you can focus on "Slipping Away," which is streaming below.