This year, Diaz shifts focus to his own music, pushing eject on all other projects and reinventing his craft somewhere it could be deeply informed by the themes of nature and technology - Durham, North Carolina. The new creation is Mountain Lions
, an indie pop ensemble inspired by murmurings of Moog and marshland alike. The lyrics have at their core, earnest and tangible emotion. Whether it be the joy of a summertime roadtrip, the devastating loss of a friend, or the internal search for worth in the “everyday”... Mountain Lions seeks to bottle these emotions, swirl them gently in the light, and pass them around the circle.
The album, produced with the help of Relient K
's Dave Douglas and The Dear Hunter
's Rob Parr, is sparking interest across blogs and indie radio with its juxtaposition of quirky indie anthems, moody ballads, and forward-leaning punk undertones (via Douglas, Parr). Foundational to each are strong story-telling lyrics and Diaz's crooning vocal delivery. A home-recorded EP (Calm Wind, Starry Night
) has been circulating since the fall giving long-time fans of Lighthouse and new NC neighbors much to anticipate.