Blond Diamond

FRESH: ‘Fantasy Love’ – Blonde Diamond

Canadian alternative/dream-pop act Blonde Diamond release their new EP “Fantasy Love”.

by Christopher Smith

Canadian alternative/dream-pop act Blonde Diamond have released their new EP “Fantasy Love” and it includes the singles “Better When You’re Close” and “Dark Place”.

Blonde Diamond are a Vancouver, Canada based alternative/dream-pop quintet formerly known as Youngblood. What started as a creative outlet for front woman Alexis Young has now begun receiving international recognition for its simultaneously dynamic and ethereal sound, retro-futuristic melodies and bitter-sweet vocals.

“Fantasy Love” is the band’s second EP and follows hot on the heels of “Dark Place”, the second single to be lifted from it. Explaining the EP title, Young says: “The idea came from an Andy Warhol quote – ‘Fantasy love is much better than reality love. Never doing it is very exciting. The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet.’ I have always been drawn to the tension of the imagination, and the incredible worlds that it creates within your mind. More often than not, something that you’ve built up in your mind is so terribly disappointing once you’ve had the chance to experience it in the real world. This EP pushes the boundaries of the situations I’ve created in my mind as a form of escapism and gave me the outlet I needed to process how I was feeling without having to ruin everything in the real world”.

The new EP was released on 2nd November and contains six songs, including the current single “Dark Place” and “Better When You’re Close” (released in April as Youngblood). It is produced by DJ Sleepy Tom (Diplo, Martin Solveig), who the band also worked with on their 2016 debut EP as Youngblood,”‘Feel Alright”. The title track of that release hit no. 6 on the Spotify Viral Chart, while its five songs have now reached a million streams on that platform alone.

As Youngblood the band have also played European festivals such as The Great Escape, FOCUS Wales and Reeperbahn, while their final Canadian show before the name change was with Portugal. The Man and Broken Social Scene.

For more about Blonde Diamond, check out their WEBSITE and their FACEBOOK page

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