ANTOINE DILIGENT’S CONTEMPLATIVE NEW SINGLE “CHISSÀ PERCHÉ” DELIVERS TIMELESS SOUND
The latest single to be released from LA-based psychedelic rocker Antoine Diligent ’s upcoming sophomore album, La Forma, “Chissà Perché” is a vast number burning steadily in reflection of the cosmic question, “Who knows why?” or “I wonder why,” as the title translates from Italian. Well-suited to either an expansive journey or an afternoon of technicolor daydreams, “Chissà Perché” is lively and meditative, an inquiry and an end. “Who knows why anything is anything? / If they said so, they’d be guessing…”
The jam that takes place in the latter half of the song (with drumming by Diligent’s long-time friend Joe Seiders of The New Pornographers) seems the epitome of nostalgia-informed goodness lacking from today’s mainstream radio channels. While Diligent admits he is “always after something that feels somewhat classic,” he is careful to clarify, “I don’t mean ‘old,’ I mean layered and made for aging and repeated listens,” citing The Beatles’ “Sun King,” Pink Floyd’s Meddle, and Crosby, Stills & Nash among his influences for the track.
With its complex yet palatable instrumental blend, “Chissà Perché” shines, a modern classic for the right reasons among a scene inflated with misdirected attempts at anachronism. Accounting also for its themes exploring why, a word and an eternally boundless thought, “timeless” does not seem so far-reaching an adjective to describe the song’s feeling. “It’s about everything and nothing,” remarks Diligent. “The elements that make up life itself.”