Review by Paige Hermansen
DIANA – Perpetual Surrender (Jagjaguwar, 2013)
Perpetual Surrender is Toronto-based DIANA’s first full-length album, and it’s pop heaven: gentle, rolling waves of guitar and synth, the always-lovely vocals of Carmen Elle (of Austria), understated hooks and electronic flourishes. The Four Tet remix of the album’s catchiest song, “Perpetual Surrender,” has been making the rounds on music blogs and met with feverish excitement: Pigeons and Planes likened it to “taking a bubble bath and riding on a roller coaster all at once.” The album version of the song is tight, poppy bliss, and the rest of the record doesn’t disappoint. No bubble baths necessary.