The roots of alt-pop-rock duo DIPLOMACY may sound random. With actor Jack Falahee from ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder and DJ/Producer Elephante (aka Tim Wu) coming together as co-creators behind the project, one might ask themselves, “How on Earth did this union happen?” The explanation is simple: both artists grew up together in Ann Arbor, MI, moved separately to Los Angeles, CA to pursue their respective dreams, but maintained a friendship with weekly game nights spent playing “Diplomacy.”

Today, the musical duo releases their self-titled debut EP, which can be heard HERE.

Focus single, “Undertow,” receives a cinematic treatment with the newly released official music video—featuring Falahee distraughtly wandering through a car wash portal and emerging cleansed of conflict.

Watch “Undertow” HERE.

The EP leads with banger “Silver Lake Queen,” the debut single which Billboard describes as having a “bewitching chorus” Paired with an arena-ready beat and underscored by loose guitar riffs, the single seamlessly navigates the fine line between electro-pop and rock n’ roll, melding the two genres. The accompanying music video loosely embodies the song’s inspiration—a majestic and mesmerizing femme fatale, who Wu and Falahee met in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Silver Lake, left an entrancing impression on the Diplomacy co-creators. A more subdued tone follows with “Undertow,” a love song for the modern age chronicling a partner’s struggle to be fully present, while also making their commitment to “starting over new” for the one they love fully heard. Just as the ocean, “Undertow” evolves as it builds until it crashes and breaks, ending as a heartfelt piano ballad. A dreamlike quality leads the listener through “Iris,” a song about lovelorn longing, with expansive ethereal soundscapes that illuminate the diversity at the heart of this musical union. Introducing a signature style, Diplomacy seamlessly merge alternative rock and electro-pop around vivid vulnerability and catchy chorus lines. Brief but nevertheless emotive, “Interlude” engages a relatable moment—a concerned woman leaves a voicemail lamenting “I don’t know what happened tonight…I don’t know where you are…” while the melodic basis of “Last Dance,” the record’s final track, builds beneath. Ending with another imaginative ballad, “Last Dance” gives life to a heated argument through the lines “we’re running far away from those words we can’t unsay,” ultimately longing for reconciliation. A once again catchy chorus, adding layered ethereal vocals in the final chorus, ends the debut effort on an optimistic note.

DIPLOMACY EP Tracklisting:

  1. Silver Lake Queen

  2. Undertow

  3. Iris

  4. Interlude

  5. Last Dance

Diplomacy has a handful of tour dates scheduled next month, with a performance in their shared hometown of Ann Arbor, MI at The Blind Pig, followed by a show at New York City’s famed Mercury Lounge, and Los Angeles, CA’s The Echo. Tickets and more information available at: diplomacy734.com/tour.


3/12 —  Ann Arbor, MI  — The Blind Pig

3/13 —  New York City, NY  — Mercury Lounge

3/19 —  Los Angeles, CA  — The Echo

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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