Premiere: Dianas share an anti-Valentine's anthem with Weather Girl
The track comes with an official video about "an all-too-familiar narcissistic male and his undue relationship dissatisfaction."
If you're yet to be acquainted with Melbourne/Perth-split group Dianas, let us quickly get you up to speed. Over the last five years, the trio have become a go-to for raw and rough-around-the-edges DIY alt-pop, with their 2015-released self-titled album and a string of releases since (including another full EP two years later, in 2017's Leave Love) exploring the craft of pop songwriting and breezy hooks toned with everything from splashes of red wine to heartbreak; lush with guitars and lush with hearty lyricism, but brought together in a way that doesn't feel too 'heavy' when you're looking for something in a time of pop-fuelled escape.
Skip forward to 2020, and Dianas are preparing the release of their long-awaited second album Baby Baby - coming out sometime later this year (more information on that incoming soon) - with a string of singles amongst the band's career-best to-date. This year's Going Gone, for example, placed an emphasis on the band's slightly tougher and heavier sounds, with the now-Melbourne-based group dueting vocals amongst a storm of gritty guitar work and pacing percussion which keeps the track on its toes, constantly lurching forward with a tone that's become somewhat distinctive of Dianas over the last few years.
Now, we're premiering the album's next taste, with Weather Girl being somewhat of an anti-Valentine's Day anthem arriving with apt timing. Sound-wise, Weather Girl is a long-winding journey stretched across almost six minutes; a focused and intricately-built guitar melody leading the song's constant shift of tones and flavours as its duration grows longer. It's a ride that takes you through many sounds Diana have explored in the past - its beginning is largely subtle and beautiful, a testament to their pop songwriting skills at its most simplistic before the track picks up the pace around mid-way through into a completely different beast - showcasing the versatility and range of the group even just within one song.
"The video for Weather Girl is a cautionary tale concerning an all-too-familiar narcissistic male and his undue relationship dissatisfaction," the band say on the single's official video clip, arriving alongside the track and directed by the group's guitarist and vocalist Caity and long-time collaborator Tom Mannion, who also worked on the video clip for their last single. "After a woeful attempt to take control of his situation through witchcraft, things begin to spiral as ominously as the staircase that leads to his ultimate comeuppance."
It's the perfect clip for those wanting a searing bite back to Valentine's Day culture and everything it brings, so dive into the clip below, and catch them launch the single at Melbourne's The Grace Darling tomorrow, February 15th - more information here.
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