Among the many great records slated for release in the early part of 2019 is Diva Sweetly’s debut LP, In the Living Room, which comes out January 18 on Seal Mountain Records. The North Carolina-based group have made an album that speaks to the heart of the DIY music scene, and it is full of very catchy, dancey, emo tracks that will be a perfect pick-me-up for the mid-January, vitamin-D-deficient blues.
Each song blends a medley of pretty sounds that make the music a true joy to listen to. Whether it is the synthesizers on tracks like “Cult” or the hooky vocal patterns on “Detox,” the songs have a way of getting stuck in your head for hours on end.
For me, the catchiest song on the record is “Floor Caved In,” a track that ends in a re-written version of “Auld Lang Syne.” It’s a great anthem to ring in the new year and say goodbye to 2018. There is a communal aspect to the band’s music. It’s hard to put a finger on exactly what it is; maybe it’s the duel vocals, or the endless hooks, but the whole record feels very familial.
Subsequently, it is a perfect singalong record, and I’m sure when the band tours, kids will belt out the lyrics at the top of their lungs in all-ages clubs across the country. The album is a great representation of everything good in the DIY rock scene right now, as well as what fans of this niche of music love about it. The band’s love of this scene is perhaps best summed up by this line from the fifth track, “Comfort Food”: “My community watches over me.”
In the Living Room is as warm and comforting as the album title implies. The band is sure to make a splash.