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|DIESEL SHARES FIRST SINGLE & VIDEO FOR ‘FOREVER’ |
+ ANNOUNCES NEW 14-TRACK ALBUM
|[23 August 2023] Diesel today shares news of his latest album Bootleg Melancholy, an unabashedly exuberant 14-track LP that is at once the most diverse and most cohesive album Diesel has recorded to date. To celebrate the announcement, Diesel has unveiled the first cut from it, album opener ‘Forever’, alongside a video shot in Los Angeles. The album will be released through Bloodlines on Friday 13 October 2023.|
Loaded with hooks, these songs greet you with the warmth and familiarity of a good friend, songs about family, mortality, childhood, and dreams. Travelling across time, place, and memory, this is rousing yet reflective adult pop music that celebrates the joys of everyday life while braving the difficult stuff – the challenges we all eventually face – with insights and tenderness.
“The world can be hard and that takes us over in our heads but love and joy are always right there in front of us if we remember to look for them too,” says Mark. “If I’m going to write about my anxieties and fears, I’ll mix it with other parts of me – humour, memories, just small moments – because it’s more welcoming to hear but also a truer picture of who I am. When I get scared, I’m laughing at myself for being scared, you know?”
Recorded in his home studio, Diesel played most of the instruments on the album himself, a practical outcome as much of it was made during the more isolated months of recent years. But the arrangements remain ambitious and the mix sparkles with intriguing sounds and inspired self-accompaniment on instruments like cello, double bass, vintage synths and drum machines, mandolin, and the string-like electronic Omnichord.
Featuring first single ‘Forever’, out today, the listener is going to take from Bootleg Melancholy what they best need, whether the pop rush of an infectious chorus, the reassurances of a heartening lyric sung with Diesel’s trademark soulfulness, or the satisfying interjection of some exhilarating solos on vintage guitars.
“I know when it feels potent and if it feels potent to me, my hope is that it would feel like that to someone else because that’s all I’m really trying for.”
Diesel’s new album Bootleg Melancholy will be released on vinyl, CD and digital via Bloodlines on Friday 13 October.
Diesel – Bootleg Melancholy
Out Friday 13 October via Bloodlines
3. Circle Navigation
4. Lights Go Down
5. Like A Dove
6. Bootleg Melancholy
7. Vital Signs
8. Never Giving Up
9. Corduroy and Crumbs
11. Starts With One
12. Tambourine Girl
14. Remember My Love
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