Diamondtown is made up of veterans of the Nova Scotia underground scene, whose past bands include Eric’s Trip, Dog Day, and Century Egg. The band has about 2.1 million fewer monthly listeners on Spotify than The War On Drugs. And yet, I can envision a lot of those TWOD fans fall for the new self-titled record of Diamondtown. To me, Diamondtown operates in that same realm of spacious, tension building, accessible guitar pop/rock, particularly on songs like Flame, Truth and Outtamind.
But rather than the dad rock-vibe of TWOD with its Dire Straits influences, the songs of Diamondtown seem substantially informed by ’80s new wave and ’60s jangly pop. They are more concise as well. Perfect for a late summer beach day, or on your commute with a coffee-to-go in your hand.
Listen to Stride, a perfect and timeless jangle pop tune, and let the sound of Diamondtown gently wash over you.
Diamondtown is out now on Label Obscura.
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