Music: Review: Diamond Rings: Special Affections

The sight of Toronto musician John O’Regan in his Diamond Rings getup—his cascading mohawk, multicolored tights, acid-washed denim, and Patrick Nagel eye makeup—screams electroclash irony, much like his taste for simplistic drum-machine patterns and vintage synth sounds. But although the laptop rocker’s 2009 breakthrough viral video “All Yr Songs” dripped with intentional gimmickry, it also hinted at a sincere sentimentality that O’Regan’s debut, Special Affections, wears wholeheartedly. Much of that is due to O’Regan’s voice, a charming, sad bastard baritone reminiscent of The Triffids’ David McComb or, more pointedly, The Magnetic Fields ...
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