Diamond Dust is a meteorological phenomenon, a cloud of tiny ice crystals caused when a cloud of fog freezes. That Heloise and the Savoir Faire’s sophomore album is named for that very phenomenon is no coincidence – both are atmospheric events, but only one involves heart-on-sleeve dance music inspired by the patterns of the human condition, in ways both micro and macroscopically.
The electro-pop pioneer, singer and performance artist has built a career out of mapping new sonic topography, pushing out through the territories of funk, dance-pop and R&B with her powerful pipes, as on 2008′s Trash, Rats and Microphones. Frontwoman Heloise Williams’ debut bottled all the energy and panache that made her a critical darling and certified dance-floor napalm, garnering a record deal with Elijah Woods’ Simian Records and a fan and collaborator in punk-wave OG Debbie Harry. Diamond Dust represents all that same energy plumbing brand new emotional depths. Burnished by anxiety and gilded in certainty, Williams’ latest is the sum of lab experiments, self-imposed northern exiles and mythology. The album’s DNA owes as much to C.S. Lewis as it does Janet Jackson.