Los Angeles is a trip. And currently the musics emanating from this West Coast dreamland are spinning heads like no others. Diva Dompe is central to this L.A. renaissance, having founded the fabulously costumed trio BlackBlack with her sister Lola; thrown down sinewy bass grooves as a member of the sadly missed Pocahaunted and grown into a key member of the sublime L.A. Ladies Choir. Not to mention her work as an exhibiting artist, model and vegan chef of course. Busy times!
The Glitter End is Divas first solo shot and its a fantastic piece of work. 80s noir rubs shoulders with vibrant tropiclia and mutated pop forms in this mysterious netherworld: You could imagine these unsettling yet wonderfully warm tunes seeping from a late night house party in Mulholland Drive (a useful geographical and fictional reference point).
Glow Worm is a case in point, as its steel drums, fuzz guitar and bubbling bass provide the perfect counterpoint for Divas captivating vocals. In contrast, the title track slow dances across the L.A. skyline, an analogue caress of whose lyrics the citys mystical adventurer Jack Parsons would doubtless have approved. Leaving the stratosphere entirely, Andromedas Lullaby is a wonderfully woozy interstellar excursion, collapsing and re-emerging from waves of vintage synths.
The album is interspersed with dizzying instrumentals that maintain the pace of the record beautifully. Take the tribal thump of Spinning Vines or the closing jangle and drift of Highest Cloud that leaves us driving back up to the canyons as the Sun rises.
Like I said, its a trip, but in Diva we have a true original as our guide.