JACOB DIAMOND (WA)
Alt-folk oddity Jacob Diamond sings bold songs about love and death. After years in Perth’s songwriting underground, Diamond has recently emerged as one of the foremost singer-songwriters in the west, furnished with huge melodies and incisive lyrics. He pens intricate, genre-bent bangers taking all the best bits from a box of 60’s compilation CDs, memories of a crowded Catholic childhood, Les Miserables and one reckless detour into jazz-study.
Having dedicated his life to crafting bold, insightful music that “doesn’t go away”, Diamond’s roots are firmly planted in Perth’s underground scene. His work, including twin live-to-tape EPs ‘Chum’ (2015) and ‘Um’ (2017) previously earned him the WAM gong for ‘Best Folk Act and ‘Best Male Vocalist’; airplay with radio including triple j, RTRFM, triple j Unearthed, Radio Adelaide and 4ZZZ. Jacob has also racked up supports for Mama Kin, Warpaint, Julia Jacklin, Marlon Williams, Oh Mercy, Husky and Stella Donnelly as well as spots on festivals including City Limits, Camp Doogs, Palm Creek Folk Festival, Nannup Music Festival and Fairbridge Festival
Fittingly, his lush, expansive debut album “Goodbye Godwana” released in May of 2018 unfolded like a deeply intimate document of personal catharsis and change, in the style of the great confessional songwriters before him. Produced with artful restraint by golden-eared Lachlan Carrick (Gotye, Paul Kelly, Gretta Ray, Ainslie Wills), ‘Goodbye Gondwana’ is, in Diamond’s own words “a testament to what you can achieve if you fall in love, get money, write songs, feel great, stress out, get broke, lose love, give up, re-energise and re-commit with damp cheeks and gritted teeth!”. The debut studio album saw Jacob Diamond tour the country on a run which included several sold out rooms as well as earning him WAM Awards for “Best Folk Act” and “Best Guitarist” in 2018.
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