Donna Blue - Into The Realm of Love
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Donna Blue’s new second album Into The Realm of Love (out March 8, 2024, via Snowstar Records) follows the duo’s debut long-player Dark Roses (2022) which won them fans in high places with Elton John playing them on his Beats1 Rocket Hour radio show and Gilles Peterson on BBC Radio 6 Music, with radio support internationally across the US and much of mainland Europe, with the duo also touring these territories with showcases at Austin’s SXSW and a Paste Session recorded in New York. To date, their music has amassed over 10 million streams. The first single Fantasy Girl from the new album already received airplay in France at FIP, France Inter, and Ferarock.
Into The Realm of Love’s dreamy vintage romanticism is mirrored in the often-esoteric subject matter of the songs, blending mythology, the celestial, exotica, and noir-romanticism with personal songs that talk of the duo’s more contemporary experiences and a love of classic storytelling inspired by 1960’s artists such as duos Nancy & Lee, and Serge & Jane. We see the latter in Aphrodite, described by Donna Blue as “A duet written as a sort of myth” about a man trying to prove his worth to a woman only interested in what he can do for her, and on the 60’s baroque pop of The Hunter which re-writes the tale of Cupid for our more cynical modern times. The modern dating scene is also explored on the seductive siren call and album’s first single Fantasy Girl described by Donna Blue as being about “The illusive seductions of the online world, a place that is constantly inviting you to fall in love with a fantasy version of yourself, and of others” with its grainy dreamlike sonics playing out like an obscure vintage soundtrack; whilst On The Cusp of Love - its spiritual jazz taking influence from like Sun-Ra, Pharaoh Sanders and Laurindo Almeida - is a mediative and hypnotic rumination on the pull of the physical intimacy in times of doubt.
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