HÃ¡kon AÃ°alsteinsson, best known for playing in The Third Sound, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Gunman & The Holy Ghost, has been busy working on a new electronic project under the Diagram moniker and weâ€™re super excited to be releasing the debut album, Transmission Response, on May 17th. To announce the release HÃ¡kon is now sharing the first cut from the album titled â€˜In My Heart, In My Soulâ€™.
Detailing the self-recorded album, a marked departure from his usual rock-oriented work, HÃ¡kon states that â€œthe sound is inspired by the minimalism of Suicide, Chrome and 70s German electronica, as well as the film music of Angelo Badalamenti and John Carpenter.â€ The resulting album, clocking in at 12 tracks, is something to behold - veering between industrial post-punk, dystopian electronica and atmospheric dream-pop. Dealing more so in the latter, the first single offers four sublime minutes of oscillating synths and mechanic drum machine paired against lethargic echo-soaked vocals and chiming guitars. You can check it out below.
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