ALBUM REVIEW: Goodbye Gondwana (JACOB DIAMOND)
ALBUM: Goodbye Gondwana ARTIST: Jacob Diamond
Change and the undulating highs and lows of life aren't new concepts, but when placed in the hands of otherwordly Perth artist Jacob Diamond, the result is a metamorphic sonic and sensitive experience, as seen on his debut album 'Goodbye Gondwana'.
Having already released a few sneak peeks from the album in the form of 'Docks' and 'Blue Begets Blue' amongst others, Jacob Diamond's charming theatrical alt-folk has seen this beguiling artist firmly planted in Perth's underground scene, while also traipsing on the road armed with his serenely memorable tunes.
Across ten tracks, 'Goodbye Gondwana' draws inspiration from Diamond's zealously religious upbringing, lust for rock operas and appetite for lush songwriting. And what ultimately follows is a disarmingly sensitive release full of unpredictable twists and sparkling composition, deftly helmed by Diamond's honey-soaked vocals.
From emotional sucker punches ('People Pangea', 'Why Do We Fight') to soaring syncopated beauties ('Mary & Augustine'), there's a sense of shift and catharsis, both lyrically and musically, across the extremes of life, perhaps best summed up by Diamond himself: "('Goodbye Gondwana' is) a testament to what you can achieve if you fall in love, get money, write songs, feel great, stress out, get broke, lose love, give up, re-energise and re-commit with damp cheeks and gritted teeth!".
A true labour of love two years in the making, 'Goodbye Gondwana' is a tactile adventure that at times recalls the complexity and whimsy of Neon Ballroom-era Silverchair with a calmly effortless folk demeanour, and here's hoping it's the first album of many for Diamond.
Jacob Diamond will be taking his brand new album around the country starting this Friday - for more 'Goodbye Gondwana' info, head to: www.jacobdiamond.com.au
'DOCKS' (JACOB DIAMOND)
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BY TIANA SPETER