CHRONICLING LUST, LOVELORN HEARTACHE & RESOLUTION THROUGH THEIROWN BLEND OF DANCEABLE BEATS, CATCHY CHORUSES & ETHEREALSOUNDSCAPES
Los Angeles, CA (Feb 19, 2020) —The roots of alt-pop-rock duoDIPLOMACYmay sound random. WithactorJack Falaheefrom ABC’sHow To Get Away With Murderand DJ/ProducerElephante(akaTim Wu)coming together as co-creators behind the project, one might ask themselves, “How on Earth did this unionhappen?” The explanation is simple: both artists grew up together in Ann Arbor, MI, moved separately to LosAngeles, CA to pursue their respective dreams, but maintained a friendship with weekly game nights spentplaying “Diplomacy.”
Today, the musical duo releases their self-titled debut EP, which can be heardHERE.Focus single,“Undertow,”receives a cinematic treatment with the newly released official music video—featuring Falahee distraughtly wandering through a car wash portal and emerging cleansed of conflict.
Named after the ritual which kept their friendship alive over the years,Diplomacyis about the reconciliation ofopposing sides—past and present, old and new, organic and electronic, Michigan and L.A., and Asian andWhite. With Falahee and Wu bringing different music, art, fashion and film aesthetics to the project with worldlyperspectives,Diplomacyallows them to meet in the middle with a fresh artistic vision.
The EP leads with banger “Silver Lake Queen,” the debut single which Billboard describes as having a “bewitching chorus” Paired with an arena-ready beat and underscored by loose guitar riffs, the single seamlessly navigates the fine line between electro-pop and rock n’ roll, melding the two genres. The accompanying music video loosely embodies the song’s inspiration—a majestic and mesmerizing femme fatale, who Wu and Falahee met in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Silver Lake, left an entrancing impression on the Diplomacy co-creators. A more subdued tone follows with “Undertow,” a love song for the modern age chronicling a partner’s struggle to be fully present, while also making their commitment to “starting over new” for the one they love fully heard. Just as the ocean, “Undertow” evolves as it builds until it crashes and breaks, ending as a heartfelt piano ballad. A dreamlike quality leads the listener through “Iris,” a song about lovelorn longing, with expansive ethereal soundscapes that illuminate the diversity at the heart of this musical union. Introducing a signature style, Diplomacy seamlessly merge alternative rock and electro-pop around vivid vulnerability and catchy chorus lines. Brief but nevertheless emotive, “Interlude” engages a relatable moment —a concerned woman leaves a voicemail lamenting “I don’t know what happened tonight…I don’t know where you are…” while the melodic basis of “Last Dance,” the record’s final track, builds beneath. Ending with another imaginative ballad, “Last Dance” gives life to a heated argument through the lines “we’re running far away from those words we can’t unsay,” ultimately longing for reconciliation. A once again catchy chorus, adding layered ethereal vocals in the final chorus, ends the debut effort on an optimistic note.
DIPLOMACY EP Tracklisting:
1. Silver Lake Queen
5. Last Dance
When not in the studio alongside Wu or on the road performing with Diplomacy, Jack Falahee can be seen starring opposite Academy Award winner Viola Davis on the sixth and final season of ABC’s hit drama series How to Get Away with Murder. A graduate from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Falahee recently completed shooting the indie feature We Are Boats, from writer/director James Bird.
One of electronic music’s most quietly impactful talents, Tim Wu aka Elephante, graduated from Harvard with a degree in Economics, ultimately ditching his consulting job to focus on his musical aspirations. Slowly but surely, Elephante emerged as a dancefloor force with Top 10 hits on radio and over 220 million cumulative streams in two years’ time. This year when not on the road with Diplomacy or co-collaborative with Falahee, Wu can be found performing in front of his biggest audiences yet headlining his own WYNN Residency in Las Vegas and on major festival stages at Lollapalooza and ULTRA, to name a few.
Diplomacy has a handful of tour dates scheduled next month, with a performance in their shared hometown of Ann Arbor, MI at The Blind Pig, followed by a show at New York City’s famed Mercury Lounge, and Los Angeles, CA’s The Echo. Tickets and more information available at: diplomacy734.com/tour.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
ANN ARBOR, NEW YORK & LOS ANGELES
Tickets On Sale Now
U.S. TOUR DATES 3/12 — Ann Arbor, MI — The Blind Pig 3/13 — New York City, NY — Mercury Lounge 3/19 — Los Angeles, CA — The Echo
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