L.A.’s sci-fi priestess is a unique talent. Los Angeles is a trip. And currently the music emanating from this West Coast dreamland is spinning heads like no other. Diva Dompe is central to this L.A. renaissance, having founded the fabulously costumed trio BlackBlack with her sister Lola; thrown down sinewy bass grooves as a member of the sadly missed Pocahaunted and grown into a key member of the sublime L.A. Ladies Choir. Not to mention her work as an exhibiting artist, model, and vegan chef.
The Glitter End is Diva’s first solo shot and a fantastic piece of work. 80s noir rubs shoulders with vibrant tropicália and mutated pop forms in this mysterious netherworld: You could imagine these unsettling yet wonderfully warm tunes seeping from a late night house party in Mulholland Drive (a useful geographical and fictional reference point).
“Glow Worm” is a case in point, as its steel drums, fuzz guitar and bubbling bass provide the perfect counterpoint for Diva’s captivating vocals. In contrast, the title track slow dances across the L.A. skyline, an analogue caress of whose lyrics the city’s mystical adventurer Jack Parsons would doubtless have approved. Leaving the stratosphere entirely, “Andromeda’s Lullaby” is a wonderfully woozy interstellar excursion, collapsing and re-emerging from waves of vintage synths.