“Diplomat” by Cathedrals is an electrorock track by Stockton-based Josiah Byars, originally from the indie folk/Americana band A Movable West.
Byars’s electrorock side-project Cathedrals is much like Ben Gibbard’s foray into electronic music through his side-project turned indie music sensation Postal Service. While “Diplomat” has a higher chiptune to analog instrument ratio, tracks like “Eat Your Heart Out Cary Grant” still have more of an indie rock feel with the occasional electronic loop and background ticks. “Eat Your Heart Out Cary Grant” even features Jenny Lewis-style backup vocals.
In fact, Bryars’s vocals are reminiscent of another early 2000s indie band, Say Hi (aka Eric Elbogen).