Artist: On Diamond
Album Title: On Diamond
Lead Singles: ‘Poison Blood’, ‘How’ & ‘Light’
Release Date: Friday 12 April
Melbourne’s most relentless live performers On Diamond are poised to release their highly anticipated self-titled debut album out Friday 12 April viaEastmint. Following on from bandleader Lisa Salvo’s 2014 debut albumI Could Have Been A Castle,the project was revived into a more collaborative synergy over the past four years with the release of singles ‘Long Road’, ‘Light’, ‘How’ and most recently,‘Poison Blood.’On Diamond has managed to adapt their raw sound into an intriguing live show, further building on the anticipation of the eight-track album.With all songs written by Lisa Salvo, On Diamond is now a fully collaborative project, featuring members of Jaala, Grand Salvo, Jazz Party and Hannah Cameron. On Diamondwere able to fuse the sounds required for creating the album within the realm of the band’s practice space and live shows. Once fully realised Lisa enlisted ARIA nominated musician and composer, Evelyn Ida Morris, to assist with producing the album.
Lisa Salvo has crafted a cathartic journey from track one continuing on to track eight. The LP’s opener, ‘The Ocean Floor’, is a gentle introduction to the themes explored throughout the album. It urges listeners to lean into their subconscious and let their psyche unravel. ‘How’ was the second taste of the album released back in 2018, picking up ‘This Week’s Top Ten’ at PBS 106.7fm & No 3 in the Amrap Metro charts. ‘How’ manifests feelings of grief and disconnect, expressing confusion for a broken kinship. Following the course, another feature track ‘Poison Blood’ encourages a strong step forward in spite of past trauma.
Other album highlights include ‘The Purple Palace’ and‘Laughing in the Face of the Big Door’. ‘The Purple Palace’ pays homage to the house most of the record was written in. The dreamy track represents Salvo’s deep connection to the house, as she realised the “Purple Palace” was a place inside herself. Meanwhile, ‘Laughing in the Face of the Big Door’ was inspired by a visual psychedelic sequence in an episode of Twin Peaks. The sequence mirrors Salvo’s own determination to progress even when a door appears closed.
Local indie label Eastmint are thrilled to be releasing On Diamond’s debut and have a very limited edition of orange vinyl to purchase via Bandcamp, and at their upcoming album launch shows at The Bridge Hotel in Castlemaine and The Gasometer during May.
OTHER UPCOMING SHOWS Thursday 4 April – Nighthawks, Melbourne
With Hydra Fashion Week and Blood Moon
Sunday 14 April – Summer Dreaming Festival, Thornbury Bowls Club
On Diamond’sself-titled album is available for pre-order now via Bandcampand out Friday 12 April 2019.
ON DIAMOND – Track Listing 1. The Ocean Floor
3. Poison Blood
4. Crying For it
6. The Purple Palace
7. Laughing In The Face
On Diamond Album Credits
All songs were written by Lisa Salvo.
All tracks recorded at Head Gap, Birraranga (Melbourne) with Neil Thomason except ‘Crying For It’, recorded in various locations with thanks to Josh Moult.
Synth overdubs: Evelyn Ida Morris.
All vocals recorded by Lisa Salvo at The Purple Palace.
Drums on Light by Joe Talia.
Bass on Light by Stewart Taylor.
Produced by Lisa Salvo with On Diamond.
Production assistance from Evelyn Ida Morris.
Mixed by Joe Talia at A Good Mixture, Tokyo.
Mastered by Adam Dempsey at Deluxe Mastering.
Vocals by Lisa Salvo
Guitar by Scott McConnachie
Drums by Maria Moles
Guitar and backing vocals by Hannah Cameron
Bass by Jules Pascoe