Having already released a trio of powerful singles this year, Madi Diaz has finally revealed the plans for her new album: it’s called History of a Feeling and comes out on August 27 through Anti-. It’s a record that has been stweing for a few years, with Diaz saying: “The bulk of this music came from dealing with a kind of tsunami clash of compassion, both for my former partner while she was discovering a deeper part of her gender identity long hidden, and my own raw heartache over having lost the partner I knew.”
She’s also shared a new single called “Woman In My Heart”, about which she says: “This song came out in a sort of waking dream while I was actively learning how to part with someone. It was hard enough not to miss/hurt/hate/fight/fuck/feel/get over them, and, what was even harder, was the love we had felt more and more like a mystery and the pain was the only thing coming in clear.”
We find Diaz up late at night with just her guitar to start the song, as she sings “there’s a woman in my heart / she only comes out in the dark,” the rawness of her feelings audible in her rasping voice. This soon builds to a mountainous combination of electric guitar and rolling percussion, and we’re off – much like Diaz on horseback in the video – on a journey through thickets of sound and uncertainty in search of peace, which may or may not be out there. Diaz’s voice rises with embers as she returns to the difficult realisation “Now the man I love is gone / And there’s a woman in my heart” and “I’m still pulling out your love / little pieces coming up.” She doesn’t reach any peace by the end of the “Woman In My Heart”, but there’s audible relief and satisfaction in simply expressing this confusing feeling – especially in such a rambunctious fashion.
The video for “Woman In My Heart” was co-directed with Diaz alongside Jordan Bellamy. Watch it below or listen to the song on streaming platforms.