Canadian singer/songwriter @TristanTmusic’s Diamond Cafe project continues with Prince-ly “It’s Been A Mess (Without You)”

DIAMOND CAFE, “It’s Been A Mess (Without You)”

Earlier this year, 19 year-old Tristan Thompson stepped aside from his solo pop records to venture into soulful Michael Jackson/Prince territory with his new project called Diamond Cafe and an initial EP “Breathe”, which I wrote about.  And a singer doesn’t step in the direction of the style of either two superstars unless he can cut it with his vocals.  Tristan more than succeeds with a follow up called “It’s Been A Mess (Without You)” from a new album also called Diamond Cafe.  Like songs from “Breathe”, “It’s Been A Mess” revisits the fading classic style of Prince between about 1988 and 1992, which only seems to surface lately in music by the likes of Pharrell, Miguel or Childish Gambino, with a slow but emotion-filled pace and some major WOW high notes.  Logically, the next step would be to get out there with shows to reinforce how Tristan can sing in concert (and he certainly can!).  But for now we may have to settle for recordings to continue to impress us.  Anyone interested in classic soul done right should check out Diamond Cafe’s “It’s Been A Mess (Without You)” and the new album at this Bandcamp link.

Published in: on September 16, 2017 at 2:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Breathe by #DiamondCafe is a new project by Vancouver’s @TristanTmusic for Michael Jackson and Prince fans

DIAMOND CAFE, Breathe (EP)

I’ve been a big believer in Vancouver singer/songwriter Tristan Thompson since his debut release Here For You in 2014 yielded a soulful piece of pop ear candy called “Tidal Wave”, which also topped the BILLCS Top 30.  That song as well as “Burn Again” and the title track received significant national radio airplay in Canada for an independent performer, and got notice overseas, particularly in New Zealand.  

Fast forward three years, and the singer, who is not even 20, has created a new project called Diamond Cafe, after a second album last year stalled and the label behind it folded. The EP Breathe is full of five lush, soulful pop/dance songs that will appeal mostly to Michael Jackson and Prince fans, but also to fans of performers as diverse as Sade and Adele.  The singer has also taken on production duties, and he’s definitely on the right track though perhaps some songs might benefit from a deeper sound.  His now-richer vocals with some commanding high notes score throughout, and the songs to zero in on are the title track, “Commercial Love”, and “Diamonds”.

I think Diamond Cafe will find friends with club DJ’s, EDM fans, and R&B/soul fans interested in hearing 80’s/90’s sounds mixed in with the style of today.  Some of the songs, like “Diamonds” could benefit from remixes.  Tristan Thompson should find a new and more mature audience with Diamond Cafe.  Check out the entire album on Spotify at the link above.

Published in: on March 11, 2017 at 3:27 pm  Comments (1)  
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