South Africa is having a moment. Whether it’s Black Coffee producing for Drake, or the increasing prominence of the country’s gqom genre across the world, South Africa’s music scene is flourishing. The country’s newest breakout stars look set to be Diamond Thug. The shoegazing four piece first caught our attention with their debut EP Monday Will Have To Wait and have been steadily gaining attention at home and abroad.
Today they’re premiering their new single ‘Cosmic Dreamer’. As the name suggests, it’s a spacious, borderline celestial track that whisks the listener away to their own peaceful slice of the cosmos. Combining the infectious haze of Yuck and My Bloody Valentine with the building intensity of Foals, ‘Cosmic Dreamer’ seems to expand as it progresses, layer upon layer of guitar and synth washing in as it reaches the chorus, only to peel back like the tide as the verse begins over again.
Speaking about the track, Diamond Thug frontwoman, Chantal Van T. said: “Cosmic Dreamer speaks to the expedition of a traveller yearning to drift out of the space they occupy. An external force grips them, pulling them beyond the realm of their experience, giving them a taste of a new expansive, exciting and awakening orbit. The song describes the liberating journey of escaping one’s known world, bending the rules of gravity and breaking the bonds separating reality from surreality.” Listen below.