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Friday, September 9, 2011

Madi Diaz - Far From The Things That We Know [EP]

Madi Diaz - Far From Things That We Know [EP]
2011, Tiny Ogre

Madi Diaz is a face in the crowd in Nashville; one of the minions of new era singer/songwriters infiltrating Music Way.  But once you here evocative sound and her penchant for contrast a songwriter, Diaz will quickly become unforgettable.  On September 20, 2011, Diaz releases a three-song EP, Far From The Things That We Know, is a preview for a full-length album due out in early 2012.  Produced by John Alagia (John Mayer, The Dave Matthews Band), Far From The Things That We Know will place Madi Diaz firmly on the map, and build significant anticipation for the full-length release to come.

Far From Things That We Know opens with "Let's Go", a middle of the road pop number you'd expect to hear at Lilith Fair.  Diaz pumps up a simple arrangement with a full sound, and her voice is a pleasure to the ears, but the song doesn't make much of an impression either way.  "Johnny" hits the mark; an urgent entreaty in song, harking back to the era of Saturday night drag racing on the edge of town.  Diaz crafts a nice, fluid melody here to take the edge of a lover's premonition, and sounds like a blend of Emm Gryner and Sara Bareilles.  Diaz closes with "Heavy Heart", an intriguing piece of melancholy folk/pop with a sweet melody.  Diaz' pretty, reserved sound is memorable.  She doesn't blow listeners away, but draws you in with a sense of quiet that is intriguing.

Rating: 3.5 Stars (Out of 5)

Learn more about Madi Diaz at or  Far From The Things That We Know is scheduled to drop September 20, 2011.  Keep checking Diaz’ website(s) for details.


citymouse said...

Love, love Madi Diaz. She shines in person, though you get a sense that while talented, she's a little nonchalant about it. Both "Let's Go" and "Heavy Heart" are available on her 2008 release, "Ten Gun Salute", which is totally worth owning.

Anonymous said...

In person is way better than her albums.