Today, rising star daine revisits her opening chapter with the release of Cemetery Dreams, the first song she ever wrote. LISTEN HERE.
For the past 18 months, Naarm / Melbourne based artist daine has become one of the musical spokespeople for a disillusioned generation forced to live their lives behind a screen. Wearing her influences on her sleeve, she blends the melancholic atmospheres of the midwest emo and skramz she used as her solace growing up, with the progressive sounds of modern pop-finding community within the perennially online devotees of each of those sounds. Her confessional emo-pop plays like an open-ended diary entry finding fans in the likes of Charli XCX, and collaborators with Bring Me The Horizon‘s Oli Sykes (SALT), 100 Gecs‘ Dylan Brady (boys wanna txt) and Danny L Harle (Angel Numbers).
A devastatingly immersive soundscape that belies the 16 years that daine had lived when she wrote the track, Cemetery Dreams is a spiritually infused cut of emo-pop that balances finely crafted emotional peaks and melodrama expertly. Formed around a lo-fi loop of her own guitar playing, the track swells gradually with subtle textures and grandiose strings alongside contemporary rap production flourishes from regular collaborator Circle Pitt. Lyrically daine perfectly encapsulates the feeling of emptiness after lost love, leading the song’s emotionally wrought subject matter to be delivered with an apathy that makes the track even more soul-rendering.
Cemetery Dreams is the first track to be taken from daine‘s highly anticipated debut project, which is due for release in early 2022. A self-professed “tombstone to her adolescence,” the project marks the story of a young woman growing in real-time while feeling alienated from the world, only to gradually build her own across the project’s collection of tracks.
Now that world of daine‘s own design is on full display and has marked her out as one of 2021’s most exciting breakout stars. Pushing the boundaries of alternative music, pop, electronic music and more, her genre-eschewing compositions are a perfect encapsulation of the boundless creativity at her fingertips. With her demand to subvert expectations only growing with each release, the possibilities of where daine may go next are endless.
With thanks to twnty three