From Manimal Records comes new ambiance inspirer Dia and her Baroque-laced soundscapes. The New England native has had professional training as an opera singer, but what she brings to her Tiny Ocean EP is much more rooted in the present indie-folk scene — even if the theme was inspired by a poem from the 12th century (“Since you love me and I love you the rest matters not”).
The EP begins with the haunting and delicate “Covered In Light”. The track is a plea, a spacious call that swells as time passes, until the tension breaks into overlapping harmonies. Every element weaved together. “Synchronized Swimming” opens with organic percussion — an upbeat shift in tone, but Dia’s signature lushness remains. This is followed by the title track, “Tiny Ocean”, which perhaps brings the album’s poetic theme to light most vibrantly. The song is pure love, beginning soft and smooth, but growing with layers into something cinematic.
On each song on Dia’s Tiny Ocean EP, there is a sense that it has been crafted to compliment, or perhaps create, a solitary moment of emotion. While Dia suggests the EP would pair well with the movement of a drive, it seems that the tracks would work equally well with eyes closed, staring into space, and allowing the music into your blood.