A Trip Through Diane Coffee’s “Hymn”

“Hymn” recently came through our dashboard from the Spotify algorithm that to date has probably a 30% hit rate with us.

If you haven’t heard of them, Diane Coffee is a project from Shaun Fleming, who also plays drums for the band Foxygen. Project may not be the right term here, Diane Coffee now has two albums (this is the first song from the first album).   If you like music with a retro feel to it, you should definitely checkout both Diane Coffee and Foxygen.  Diane Coffee has 2 dates in Boston later this year, and we will be looking to check that out.

What hooked me to this song was the retro sound but also the variation in the song.  The song clocks in a little over three minutes but feels much longer given the swings.   For the first two minutes the song is slow tempo, which might have been played at a high school dance in the 60’s (I say might—I wasn’t there.

At about the 2:03 mark, we go through a psychedelic transition for about ten seconds before the song rocks out  for about 30 seconds before going back to slow tempo to end the song (with more psychedelia).

That is a lot to accomplish over three minutes and eighteen seconds, but it works, and hits the sweet spot here at CR.

June 17th, 2016 by