Following on from the mysterious fervour created by her debut singles ‘Picking Flowers’ and ‘My Way Out’ earlier this year, teenage emo-pop icon in waiting daine has unveiled plans for a new, double a-side release, ‘Ascension/Angel Numbers’. Today, daine releases the first of those singles, the unflinchingly raw ‘ascension’. Listen HERE, watch HERE.
Featuring production from Melbourne left-field producer and vocalist Lonelyspeck and avant-garde PC Music affiliate Danny L Harle, ‘Ascension‘ finds daine exploring the more alternative side of her influences to destructive yet meditative effect.
An artist who harbours an almost obsessive passion for midwestern emo in the likes of Tigers Jaw, William Bonney, American Football and more, daine uses those references to their fullest effect on ‘Ascension’, transposing them to something more future facing. Harnessing all the emotion that comes from those early 00s icons, daine blends those wrought atmospheres with contemporary production and a saccharine vocal that provides a bittersweet edge. The track twists and turns; switching from contemplative calm to devastating power, with Lonelyspeck distorting daine’s usual dark-pop sound and allowing it to soar – capturing the emotion in her vocal and distilling the dissociation that comes with letting go of hope.
The visual also pairs natural beauty with the destruction all around us – allowing the viewer to see the light and dark in life and shining a spotlight on nature’s blessings, while pairing them with the danger and unpredictable evil that can be just around the corner.
A release with a number of different perspectives, ‘Ascension’’s Danny L Harle produced counterpart ‘Angel Numbers’ will be released on November 12, completing daine’s widescreen vision for this chapter of her story. An artist that wears her emotions on her sleeve as visibly as her influences, each track is like an entry in daine’s own modern diary, chronicling the life of an artist in a disillusioned generation navigating life in an unforgiving world. Open that diary, and watch her subvert expectations even further in the future.
‘Ascension‘ by daine is out now, buy/stream it here.