Diā is the moniker of composer-performer Danielle Birrittella, and she uses it to traverse a landscape of experimental indie folk and Baroque pop movements. Having been raised on a Hindu ashram, music was a constant element of her childhood, with ceremonial ragas being part of her daily habits. When she was older, she trained and performed as an opera singer across the US and Europe, and it was in these travels that she first began to experiment with songwriting on a ukulele that had been given to her by her brother.
Using her classical training to influence the more pop-oriented sounds that she was exploring, she imbued these reflexive rhythms with aspects of Baroque and French Romantic aesthetics, combining them with a widescreen folk noise to create a persuasive perspective on the intersection of these genres. She released her debut EP, "Tiny Ocean," in 2016, which featured production by Joey Waronker (Beck, REM, Atoms for Peace), Tim Carr (The Americans, HAIM) and Frankie Siragusa (theLAB).
Recently, however, she released a new single called "Valentine," and it's a gorgeous soft-focus echo of her influences, blending ethereal pop motions with some shaky folk reverberations. Her voice sounds spectral as it moves through this otherworldly soundscape. Shimmering guitars sneak in and out of frame while various types of percussion come together to form a jittery pattern of beats and melodies. The video that comes paired with the song is filled with vintage images and a haunting sense of timelessness, as if she stepped outside the confines of history to concoct a fitting visual accompaniment to these liquid rhythms. Relaxed, yet determined to operate according to her own creative whims, Diā has built an ephemeral churn that easily sinks down into the deepest parts of your heart.