Melbourne, Australia’s Foreign/National delights again with the offering of ‘Diamond Mine’, off of their upcoming second LP ‘The Garden’ May 29th. ‘Diamond Mine’ is a burst of technicolor and musical virtuosity that only Foreign/National could accomplish.
Lyrically, “The song condemns the behavior of morally corrupt public figures and also serves as a self-assessment for the band. Acknowledging the privilege they’ve unknowingly inherited, the motif appears, “so sorry, excuse me, but when did my life become so bougie?”
“This is the first release where we’ve had a firm creative direction from the beginning,” said band member Tom Stephenson (vox/guitar). “When writing it, we were all listening to a lot of afrobeat and Ethio-jazz and were keen to inject elements from those genres into our somewhat traditional pop sound,” said frontman Mark Gage (vox, guitar, synth, keys).
Thematically, while their work has previously explored more internal feelings, they have recently found themselves wanting to use music to comment on the distressing state of the world.
Mark added: “The Garden is more focused on the negative behaviors and hypocrisy we see in public figures – business leaders, politicians, the clergy and, of course, entitled men.”
The two chapter vibe of ‘Diamond Mine’ is a tale of two cities of the human condition. And as it pushes the urges of what’s so apparent in our daily lives, the decadence of societal detriments are never forgotten and never forgiven. The retrofit of lives served and lost, bubble up to support what’s been.
‘Diamond Mine’ is a fabulous offering from a fabulously, heady band.