Lavender Diamond’s ‘Incorruptible Heart’ Out Today & Streaming on SoundCloud; Stereogum Premieres Video For “Everybody’s Heart’s Breaking Now”

By on September 27, 2012

Video For “Everybody’s Heart’s Breaking Now,”
The Album’s First Single, Premieres Today At Stereogum
Album Streaming In Its Entirety At SoundCloud

Lavender Diamond is celebrating the release of Incorruptible Heart – out today on Paracadute – with a series of East Coast dates and a brand new video. “Everybody’s Heart’s Breaking Now,” featuring Lavender Diamond vocalist Becky Stark in an ethereal aerial ballet, premieres today at Stereogum. The clip was directed by Maximilla Lukacs (Karen Elson).
Having just completed a hometown residency at The Echo in Los Angeles last night, Lavender Diamond heads east. After supporting Dirty Projectors tonight at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY, Lavender Diamond will play a series of headline dates including shows at the Mercury Lounge in New York City (9/26) and Glasslands in Brooklyn (9/29). See below for itinerary.
Stereogum hailed “Everybody’s Heart’s Breaking Now,” the album’s first single, as a “gorgeously understated ballad…it builds so slowly and assuredly that you barely notice.”The track is getting early airplay at KEXP-Seattle and KCMP-Minneapolis.
Incorruptible Heartis the long-awaited follow-up to Lavender Diamond’s 2007 full-length debut, Imagine Our Love. The Los Angeles-based quartet – comprising Becky Stark (vocals), Jeff Rosenberg (guitar), Steve Gregoropoulous (piano) and Ron Regé Jr. (drums) – recorded the album at the L.A. studio of OK Go’s Damian Kulash, Jr., who produced Incorruptible Heart. Longtime Flaming Lips collaborator Dave Fridmann mixed the album.
“Stark is such a force, her voice– and by that I mean both her artistic perspective and her rich, bendy soprano– so singularly beguiling…” said Pitchfork in their album review of Incorruptible Heart.” “Love is still Stark’s main lyrical concern, but here she fixates on its darker sides, its absence. ‘Everybody’s heart’s breaking now,’ she laments on the opening track, her voice nearly cracking under the weight of all the world’s sorrows.”
“This is a record that wants to climb up high and sit pretty next to Kate Bush, Tom Tom Club or even Blondie. It’s pop that’s equal parts art, smarts and heart,” noted the LA Weekly while the Los Angeles Times observed: “[it] is as beautiful as it is expansive, with Stark’s crystalline vocals adorning arrangements that shift from slow-motion chamber pop (‘Everybody’s Heart’s Breaking Now’) to dry acoustic folk (‘Come Home’) to glittering orchestral disco (‘Light My Way’).”
Incorruptible Heart’s diamond-light shines through its every facet from strings by the Calder Quartet and horn arrangements by longtime Brian Wilson compatriot Probyn Gregory to magical cover art by drummer (and graphic novelist) Regé and the singular, celestial voice of Stark, whose singing The Village Voice called “one of the indie world’s most joyful noises, a free-flowing river of feeling.”
Since Imagine Our Love, Stark has been a touring member of The Decemberists and She & Him, worked on a children’s show with Michel Gondry and a film project with Kim Gordon, put out a country single with actor John C. Reilly on Jack White’s Third Man label and formed the Los Angeles Women’s Choir.  She is also a member of The Living Sisters and performs with Karen Elson’s The Citizen’s Band – all of which helps explain the five-year wait for Lavender Diamond’s sophomore record. Fans can check out a full album stream of Incorruptible Heart at:
Lavender Diamond – Upcoming Tour Dates

25 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theater (opening for Dirty Projectors)
26 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
30 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall


Author: DaveHHM

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