Spotlight: Diamond Gloss

Photo by André Abreu

Diamond Gloss is the music of Lisbon-based multi-instrumentalist Gonçalo Pereira, who released his second album “Nomawkish” in April 2014. If you haven’t heard of his music, we suggest you do it now.

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ABOUT DIAMOND GLOSS

Gonçalo Pereira (born 1984, Lisbon, Portugal) is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer. Pereira was the front man of the post-rock band How Comes The Constellations Shine before establishing himself as a solo artist under the moniker of Diamond Gloss.

His sound and melodies incorporate elements of modern classical, electronica, idm, ambient, and post-rock music with live instrumentation. His musical identity was especially influenced and shaped by Autechre, Hammock, Sigur Rós, Helios and Múm.

LOCATION

Lisbon, Portugal

LABEL

Fluttery Records

DIAMOND GLOSS IN PRESS

“Regardless of what type of music fan a person is, when Bears stands on its own it is a beautifully crafted escape through a trail that post-rock and ambient IDM do not normally travel down. With its innocent and emotional pull, it is an easy recommendation, even if this may not be your musical cup of tea.”
Central Michigan Life
Nomawkish is simply divine… a glimpse of Heaven on Earth that I cannot get enough of. It is an uplifting, enthralling, euphoric expression of ambient neo-classicism that provides an escape from the mundane pressures of the here & now.” 
ThisIsNotAScene
“Each song is distinctive from the rest, occupying a specific strand of thoughtful, playful music: the marching band, the bell choir, the ambient drift (…) Bears is not for everyone, but those who love it will love it like a sunbeam.” The Silent Ballet

SHARED THE STAGE WITH

Julianna Barwick, Filho da Mãe

RELEASES

Nomawkish (2014)
Bears (2011)

LINKS
Website Bandcamp Facebook
SHORT Q&A

spotlight - diamond gloss2How did you come up with the name ‘Diamond Gloss’?

I wanted to explore new sounds and new ways of recording songs. At the time I was quite busy with my band (How Comes The Constellations Shine, also on Fluttery Records), and I wanted to introduce something new to our sound. Then I’ve made a few songs and the final result was a big surprise for me, it wasn’t just an ambient sound that I could use with a band, it actually could be a new project. This name came from an old song I’ve done for HCTCS.

What and who were your musical influences growing up? And how about today?

Smashing Pumpkins, Mogwai and Radiohead for sure. I grew up listening and learning from their work. Nowadays Ólafur Arnalds, Nico Muhly, Peter Broderick and Dustin O’Halloran are the major influences for me. Steve Albini and Nils Frahm are also a big influence to me in terms of production and sound capture.

Could you tell us a little about your composition and recording process?

I’ve changed a little bit the way I write and record for “Nomawkish” album. Most of the songs came from ideas I’ve recorded on a loop station. There was about twenty little short songs which I listen everyday for a year. Then I recorded some pianos along those little loops. This was the starting point of “Nomawkish”. This method of working was very different of “Bears” recordings. On “Bears”, the method was the same for almost the entire album. Record a piano line, then record another instrument and loop it. And so on and so on. This process is very clear on songs such as “Glasses” or “Canadians”. But for “Nomawkish” I wanted something different. I forced myself to play the instruments live and without a click track. Also I’ve tried to achieve an old, analogue sound, with that ‘tape feeling’ in background.

Future Diamond Gloss plans?

I’d like to perform more but unfortunately Diamond Gloss is almost an unknown project in Portugal, so it will be hard to play here. In the meantime, I’m spending this spare time on new ideas, new sounds and new ways to record and play live.

Anything else you would like to share with us?

The Constellations Shine project is no longer active, but alongside Diamond Gloss, I am currently recording the second album for my other project (Francis Alun Bell, on Moonpalace Records).

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