Produced by OK Go’s Damian Kulash, Jr., mixed by Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, MGMT) and featuring strings by the Calder Quartet, Lavender Diamond’s Incorruptible Heart is a sublime, soaring art-pop record. Pop in the biggest sense of the word — a record made for everyone – more songs in the cosmic key of love.
Incorruptible Heart matches Stark’s angelic, multi-octave voice with a dynamic range of styles. The eclectic spectrum includes a song for belting out the blues (“I Don’t Recall”); for the dreamscape of dawn (“Teach Me How to Waken”); for the end of the world (“Everybody’s Heart’s Breaking Now”); for reconnecting with the world (“Forgive”); for the edge of the Void (the desolate “Come Home”); and a song for a choir of angels (“Oh My Beautiful World”).
On top of that, the record also features an unexpected dance number, calling to mind the magic of Giorgio Moroder & Donna Summer (“Light My Way”). “Perfect Love,” a silly, unapologetic lovesong, features guitar work by M. Ward, vocals by producer Damian Kulash, and tap-dancing rhythmic accompaniment by Stark. The album’s epic, psychedelic landscape closes with the sweeping anthem “All the Stars.”
Like the album’s central theme and title, the songs themselves often transform from frailty to strength or grace. Working with Kulash and Fridmann, Lavender Diamond—singer Becky Stark, classical composer Steve Gregoropolous on piano, cartoonist Ron Regé, Jr. on drums and Jeff Rosenberg on guitar—transcend genre, song form and style by finding the simple, perfect core of each song.
Incorruptible Heart is Los Angeles-based Lavender Diamond’s third release, following 2004’s The Cavalry of Light EP and 2007’sImagine Our Love LP (produced by Thom Monahan – Devendra Banhart, Vetiver, Pernice Brothers). Both recordings were critically acclaimed and earned the band a devoted following of fans and admirers.