VIDEO PREMIERE: DIA “BROKENHEARTED”
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Diā‘s new “Brokenhearted” is a torch song for the 21st century, where—much like the video itself—things that start simply reveal themselves to have layers upon lattices upon layers and more. Not many songs start with some understated ukelele and end up touching on opera, Italian folk songs, strings and/or Mellotron and a subtle heartbeat rhythm, but “Brokenhearted” makes its sound and its experience of heartbreak into its own pocket universe, precisely amplified both by the visuals and the production by Tim Carr. Says Diā, whose background actually does include opera training as well as work at NYU and CalArts:
“The video for the song ‘Brokenhearted’ is a graphic meditation on patterns, longing, and landscapes created by myself and video artist Keith Skretch [of Radiolab, BAM, REDCAT]. I was curious about the potential for events to lose their origin in reality through obsessive repetition and become something entirely ephemeral. As the figure in the video elliptically traces what was once a shared narrative she becomes the singular subject. There is a lullaby quality to the verse which reminded me of folk melodies I was listening to from southern Italy, where my family originates, and this inspired the Italian on the bridge.”