DYAN emerges from an uncomfortable setting and a vast amount of healing that is echoed through their music. The trio began between the love of Alexis Marsh (singer/guitarist/bassist) and Sam Jones (guitarist/synths). Their relationship resulted in marriage and sadly divorce that fueled their debut album, Looking for Knives. Continuing the project, DYAN brought in the final member, Dan Dorff Jr. (drums/synths), whom Marsh began to see romantically. The oddity of it all not only speaks volume of an overall friendship that cannot be disturbed, but to the trio’s refreshing dosage of honesty. Their latest single “Absence” personifies the motion of change without hiding the past, but acknowledging and moving on.
“Absence is about leaving, but not before inquiring about doubt. There is freedom in finding the idea we have of ourselves has altered: I loved this person/thing, and now I may not; I was this person, and now I am not. My changing is not a tragedy. I just have to be ready, to be sure, and then to name it,” explains Marsh. What starts off as grand synths awaiting a heavenly opening, cuts short within the first fleeting seconds, fading towards tender guitar strings. Marsh’s vocals come at a listener like a cool drink of water, satisfying to the touch and wanting more. Marsh adapts to the atmospheric soundscape, tugging at a listener’s heart along the way as she gently sings, “I keep the hurt, I’d rather feel.”
Somber yet tied with a sense of relief, “Absence” doesn’t haunt but stirs our ghosts and sets them free. Simplistic drumming mirrors Marsh’s lush tone through each verse and gathers a heavy dosage of introspective charm. Synths return to the track’s core, and expand in a dramatic rush, renewing life. Marsh continues to steal the track with only her tone which neither rides or carries the melody, but somehow manages to hover slightly above the track’s existence. “Absence” is brought back to earth through the rusty brass, charmingly fading the track out and shining a heavier light on DYAN.
Cover photo: Anastasia Velicescu courtesy of artist