daine transcends personal growth and identity in new mixtape ‘Shapeless’
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Shapeless is out now via Warner, buy/stream it here.
Today, daine finally unveils their second mixtape Shapeless, out now via Warner. With the release, they also share a special live performance video of the mixtape in full, which premiered today on YouTube. LISTEN TO SHAPELESS HERE + WATCH THE LIVE PERFORMANCE HERE.
After igniting imaginations with a wildly varied output across their still burgeoning career, daine’s reputation as one of the most chameleonic artists of their generation has been cemented. Traversing pop, metal, electronic music, emo, ambient and so much more, their second project Shapeless embodies the exact kind of malleability that its name suggests, with daine experimenting with their sound on a much broader scale than ever before.
Of the release, daine shares “Being shapeless is about me transcending the limits of being autistic and transcending the idea of gender.” This nebulousness is deeply entrenched in daine’s experimental sound – descriptions of which, consistently shape-shift. Shapeless is at daine’s most sharp, highlighting the ever-morphing nature of their music that can’t be bound by the confines of expectation.
Including the previously released electro-clash ‘Portal’, unmoldable ‘Shapeless’, the emotionally-charged ‘Stay Close’, the energetic ‘skin deep‘, and hook-heavy ‘writhe‘, we’re introduced to new tracks including ‘doom’, ‘haunt’ and ‘somebody to love’ to name a few, all of which hone in on the mixtape’s core themes of a boundlessness beyond structure built through their experiences with disability, heartache, and hardship.
Written with pvris, dwilly and hearteyes and produced by lonelyspeck and hearteyes, ‘doom’ channels a dark-pop alter ego, which in daine’s words explores “how it feels to outgrow someone and become confident on your own, but in an exaggerated and manipulative sense.” Recorded at Charli XCX‘s house with hearteyes, ‘somebody to love’ captures the same romantic non-attachment as detailed in ‘stay close’, hailing a more emotional pop-ballad format. Following on, the unreleased ‘haunt’ dives into the experience of heartbreak that comes with a long-distance relationship with collaborators artartarts and caro, “shows the other side of the detached exterior fronted throughout the tape and shows a vulnerable side to the feelings felt.”
Cemented through their debut release Quantum Jumping, including the triple j favourite ‘New Ground’ and fierce ‘IDC’, Daine continues to ignite imaginations globally with a wildly varied output across their still burgeoning career; the glitch-laden, Dylan Brady of 100 gecs produced hyper pop of ‘boys wanna txt’, to the metal-infused electronica of ‘Salt’ ft. Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes, to the tongue-in-cheek dayglo pop of ‘boythots’, daine’s dynamic output has typified their music as the soundtrack to a generation equipped with postmodern, ever-expanding tastes.
An artist set on laying multiple elements of their personality on display for the world to see, daine’s ever-expanding sonic universe is one for people of all walks of life to immerse themselves in, simultaneously finding something they can relate to. While their music maintains an otherworldly sensibility, through Shapeless daine’s spiritual and sonic transformation will be complete, ushering in a powerful, direct and impossible-to-resist new era.
After an impressive run of support and festivals, including Mura Masa and more recently 100 gecs, daine’s long-awaited debut headline tour has now arrived, taking the new show to the Australian east coast throughout April. Dates and ticket details BELOW.
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