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FRESH: ‘4am Eternal’ – Blonde Diamond

Blonde Diamond return with “4am Eternal”

If you have ever felt like there has been something holding you back from trying something new, now is the time to embrace the strange. Shaping a soundscape of dreamy synth-pop bliss with unapologetic, captivating lyricism, Blonde Diamond have been on a trajectory that is hard not to be dazzled by.

The Vancouver based dream-pop band Blonde Diamond (who we featured last year) have graced stages across Canada, Europe, Australia, the US, and India, sharing bills along the way with stalwarts such as Portugal. The Man, Broken Social Scene, Bishop Briggs, Chromeo, and Mother Mother.

Blonde Diamond’s newest offerings hone in on their strongest assets—frontwoman Alexis Young’s vocal prowess, reinforced by the band’s ethereal instrumentals. The first course they’ve prepared for us, “4AM Eternal” was released on January 10th. Equal parts sexy and accessible, swirling guitars are accentuated by arpeggiated bass synths and snap-tight rhythms, and a bridge that is sure to lure you in to their siren call.

As they careened toward the end of the decade, Blonde Diamond smartly took a conscious step back from their guns-ablazing approach to prepare themselves for the next chapter of their career, shedding their former name (Youngblood) and paring down to a 4-piece powerhouse. Now, as Blonde Diamond walks the catwalk into 2020, grab a front-row seat to catch all the new delights they’ve prepared.

The group tell us that “4AM Eternal” is a song about sexual autonomy and finding power and confidence in multi-love. It’s an indulgent, fantastical love note to being open about unashamedly exploring your desires and really not giving a flying fuck what other people think. We recorded the track at Spotify’s Secret Genius Studios in LA, working in collaboration with producer and Pharrell collaborator, Jesse McGuinty, who performed the sax solo as well. “4AM Eternal” emphasizes that it’s okay to feel electrified by your own power”.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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