Michael Diamond shares cinematic video for ‘Third Culture’ album track, ‘Lamentations’: Watch

Michael Diamond has shared the latest track to be revealed from his forthcoming debut album, ‘Third Culture’. ‘Lamentations’ is the third tune to be unveiled, with the clip directed by Oscar McNab. 

The full-length release arrives via his own Vasuki Sound label tomorrow, Friday 24th June, with the clip below directed by Oscar McNab. Elijah (Butterz) has been credited as having significant input, and BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year semi-finalist-cum-Oxford University Jazz Orchestra Musical Director and long-term collaborator Alex Wilson is also involved. 

Born in Kerala, India, but now based at Oxford University in the UK, where he holds a music scholarship and residency at the city’s much-loved and hugely respected party, Simple, Diamond’s first LP is an amalgamation of sounds, with jazzy-hued 2-step, techno, ambient, and epic electronica on the track list. 

Labelled a concept record by the artist himself, it’s a deeply personal outing, tackling his feelings around identify, nationality and nationalism, trauma, acceptance and isolation head-on. The music is accompanied by a short story from close friend Áine Kim Kennedy, whose heritage is Irish-Korean.

“My album and Áine’s short story is one big allegory depicting both of our experiences as third culture kids through a tale of sleep paralysis demons and anxiety spirals,” Diamond said of the record. “I checked how much time I’ve spent on it in total project time, and it’s something ridiculous like 4000 hours-plus, and that’s not even including all the time I spent re-listening to the tracks offline and making notes… I was pulling 14-hour days.” 

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