Dream-pop artist Dia has premiered her new video for Synchronized Swimming off her debut EP Tiny Ocean! Released through Manimal Records, Tiny Ocean features tracks produced by Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M., Atoms for Peace), Tim Carr (The Americans, HAIM) and Frankie Siragusa (theLAB). Tiny Ocean showcases Dia’s baroque-pop sound, ethereal vocals, fused with organic percussion, electric guitars, ukulele, tiple, cellos, and drones. The EP draws inspiration from a 12th century poem in which Kafiristan confesses “since you love me and I love you the rest matters not”. It’s a message that resonates with Dia, “the idea of just total surrender to love, martyrdom for love is power” she says. Tiny Ocean is her interpretation of a love that will “tie a knot around my tiny ocean, hammer me to every wall you build… burn me with your brightness…”
Dia is the experimental indie project of composer/performer, Danielle Birrittella. A native of New England, and a graduate of NYU and CalArts, she has lived and worked as an artist in New York, France, and Italy, and currently calls Los Angeles home. After spending her formative years on a Hindu ashram, where she sang ceremonial ragas as a child, her journey as an artist then led to performing as a touring opera singer throughout the U.S. and Europe. After receiving a ukulele from her brother, she began experimenting with music & songwriting with it to the point where “I would literally sit on the floor of my bathroom and come up with melodies” she recalls. Dia’s talent and vision has led to global performances at venues like the Disney Hall’s REDCAT (Los Angeles), La Musica Lirica (Italy), The Chautauqua Institute (New York), La Main d’Or (Paris), and The Ludwig Foundation (Cuba). Her live performance of Covered In Light was also featured on the massively popular NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest series.
Her latest EP brings her opera training together with influences of classical Baroque and French Romantic music, along with an infusion of modern experimental cinematic folk. She thinks Tiny Ocean is best listened to on a long drive in the car, where “the grandness and the movement of being on the road supports the grandness and the movement of the songs”. Check out the new video for Synchronized Swimming here and download Tiny Ocean on iTunes today!