ULTIMATE PLAYLIST: Diving Station

The harp-driven machine that is dream pop band Diving Station takes influence from the likes of Big Thief and Dirty Projectors. They are known to captivate and engage audiences with their distinctive sound, achieved through the unique combination of singer Anna McLuckie‘s nuanced delivery and Sean Rogan’s sprawling guitar melodies. This is integrated with a driving yet melodic rhythm section and the accompaniment of secondary vocals.

Since forming in 2014 Diving Station have performed across the UK supporting bands such as Indian Queens, Clock Opera, and Meursault. They have appeared on festival lineups at Bluedot Festival and Head For The Hills as well as selling out several headline shows in Manchester. Diving Station released their first EP, ‘Alice’, in January 2017. The single ‘Plastic People’ has been played on Bob Harris’ show on BBC 2 and Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour on BBC 6 Music to name a few.

George –

The Orielles – Let Your Dogtooth Grow:

‘Last year I was lucky enough to see the band play this track live in session for Marc Riley and they were fantastic. The memorable hooks and slinky bass always stick out to me.’

Julia Holter – I Shall Love 2:

Julia Holter is one of my favourite songwriters. This track is beautifully arranged and the way the instruments and Julia’s voice build in the second half is mesmerising.’

Barnabas – 

Westerman – Outside Sublime:

‘When we played at Hyde Park Book Club in Leeds we were featured on BBC Radio Leeds and this lovely song came on after ours. Been a fan ever since.’

Grizzly Bear – Three Rings

‘The drums on the track are so interesting. The way the drum loop sits with the acoustic kit playing all sorts over the top, mmmm.’

Anna – 

Fleet Foxes – Third of May/Ōdaigahara:

‘I found myself finding it hard to get lost in the music for a while, and Fleet Foxes helped me break through that.’

Joanna Newsom – Sadie (track not on Spotify):

‘She blows my mind, I could read the lyrics of this song every day and find something new.’

Sean –

James Blake – Don’t Miss It:

‘There’s nothing I don’t love about this song. The sounds, the lyrics, the simplicity. It’s all so subtle yet sits together just perfectly.’

Sharon Van Etten – Seventeen:

‘I’ve been waiting so long for Sharon Van Etten to release some new music, as have many others, and all I can say is it was worth the wait, what a comeback!’

Band picks –

Adrianne Lenker – Symbol:

‘We recently saw Adrianne play at YES, Manchester, and it was absolutely stunning. This song, in particular, stood out.’

Rozi Plain – Symmetrical:

‘We’ve loved Rozi Plain for a while now. We’re big fans of what she does with This Is The Kit, as well as her solo material. Recently we’ve been quite focused on keeping our writing simple and effective, and this new song is a perfect example of this.’

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