Circle the Earth

Circle the Earth Glitters on “Diamonds”

Los Angeles-based pop-rock outfit Circle the Earth unveils the dazzling music video for “Diamonds,” a song about hanging tough when surrounded by difficult circumstances.

“Diamonds” follows on the heels of the group’s previous 2021 hits – the compelling “Dead,” “All the Way,” and “New Prescription.”

Written by producer Jim McGorman, who has worked with Avril Lavigne, Goo Goo Dolls, and New Radicals, along with Circle the Earth guitarist Kazuki Tokaji and producer Adrian Jones, “Diamonds” was recorded at Revolver Studios. Engineering and mixing were handled by Grammy-winner Mikal Blue.

Made up of Khadia (lead vocals), Lauren Richards (harmony vocals), Whitney Claire Kaufman (harmony vocals), Sandy Chao Wang (keytar, keyboards), Kazuki Tokaji (guitars), Michael McBay (bass), and Sandro Feliciano (drums), Circle the Earth’s diversity and distinct backgrounds and influences coalesce into vibrant sonic confections.

“Diamonds” opens on swirling colors flowing into a low-slung thrumming rhythm topped by sparkling, chiming hues. Khadia’s lush, sensuous voice imbues the lyrics with latent deluxe textures. A shifting, shimmering bridge introduces the escalating chorus, riding surging harmonics, while Khadia’s soaring tones swell and intensify on sumptuous timbres.

“I can take the weight of a million heartbreaks / Bury them six feet under the ground / I won’t hold you back / Or hold you down / Only diamonds are made under pressure.”

Radiant harmonies add luscious depth and dimension. A searing guitar solo injects the song with incandescent notes of boiling energy.

The video, directed by Boy Epic, depicts Khadia, Lauren, and Whitney caparisoned in seductive black bodysuits dancing and singing in front of the band. Visual cuts display the passion and finessed brilliance of the musicians, who play as an integral unit.

Circle the Earth has it going on! “Diamonds” brims with strapping layers of sound attended by tasty breakdowns and irresistible vocals.

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Written by Randy

Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.