‘Nick Diamonds’ AKA ‘Nicholas Thorburn’ is a very busy boy. When he’s not performing in ‘Islands’, ‘Human Highway’, ‘Reefer’, ‘SERIAL’, ‘The Unicorns’ or ‘Mister Heavenly’, to name a few, he’s now using the guise ‘Nick Diamonds’. City of Quartz is the new album under the Nick Diamonds moniker, and the follow of to 2011’s acclaimed debut album I Am an Attic.
You may have already stumbled across ‘Bohemian Groove’ – the teaser track released from City of Quartz. Opening with an electro-dub beat it skews into area’s of up-lifting electro-calypso. It’s a whimsically playful track that jitters and skitters along for three minutes, but don’t let the good-time summer vibes fool you, there is are slightly darker undertone beneath the surface. Lyrics such as “Like a wave I crash into you all day, come on let’s misbehave” and “I don’t care if we get there and they don’t like it, I don’t care and “I hate my job for Christ sake, so come on lady let’s go on walking looking for a fight. I go out swinging, I’ll make it all day I’ll last all night” juxtapose the light and playful melodies with lyrical themes that wouldn’t be out of place in a Chuck Palahniuk book.
If ‘Bohemian Groove’ and fellow singles ‘Witch Window’ and ‘The Sting’ are anything to go by ‘City of Quartz’ looks set to be a tour de force. ‘Thornburn’ has expertly mixed an indie sensibility, darkly surreal lyrics, tight drum machine beats, expansive Ennio Morricone guitars and wonky woozy synths.
‘City of Quartz’ is out on the 15th June 2015 on ‘Manque Music’.