I am not normally drawn to sparse, dryly produced, quirky, almost 90s-style indie music and abstract lyrics, but Kloba does this sort of thing better than anyone I’ve heard…her voice is a meandering coo, her lyrics are beguiling. She’s a buried American musical treasure that deserves to be unearthed, because you don’t come across a true original very often.
Back in late 2017, I contributed a track “He Lights Up” to the Winter Solstice compilation album from Vanguardista Records. For 2018, the compilation is being re-released with a bonus track and new artwork:
My track was reviewed briefly by Mark Barton at The Sunday Experience:
“Must admit, we here are quite adoring of Diane Marie Kloba’s slyly snaking ‘he lights up’ its fraying slacker-esque turning emitting a subtle sinister shadow to the proceedings that curiously hits something of a Television-esque grooving.”
There is a limited edition of physical copies of Deep Heart now available directly through me or on Bandcamp. The CD comes with a booklet with photos and full lyrics. Downloads and streaming are still available everywhere!
I will be releasing a new album titled Deep Heart in early 2018!
Here’s a recap of my activities in 2017:
I created another exclusive session in January for Mark Whitby at Dandelion Radio. Two songs from the session have been completely reworked, and the new versions will appear on the new album. The session is now available as a name-your-price download on bandcamp here:
Marked Map: A Dandelion Radio Session.
I continue to get my best support from radio outside the US: In the UK, Germany and Canada. I prefer listening to these overseas stations because they play more varied genres and new music. They’re more interesting than most US stations.
I continue to collaborate with Paul Kent of Brighton, England on our project Kloba Kent. Our song “Fools Make Walls” even made it into Dandelion Radio’s Festive 50 at number 28, making my third appearance in this listener poll! You can get both Kloba Kent EPs on bandcamp here:
Naked in the Storm
Check the Dandelion Radio broadcast schedule to see when his show will be streaming. (Schedule is in UK time, so be sure to convert to your own time zone!)
The session will be available as a pay-what-you-want download on Bandcamp in February 2017 here:
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From Mark Whitby’s review of Ghost in the Museum:
…in Kloba’s hands, ancient pre-existing musical notes are dragged into the world and twisted into new, enticing shapes. ‘The answer is already in your mind’ we’re reminded in ‘A Thousand Pretty Strings’, one of the album’s many highlights.
From Oliver Arditi’s review of Dandelion Exclusives:
This is a work of pronounced creative maturity, turning our attention to Kloba’s quizzical observations with a deft, un-manipulative touch, and employing the simple resources of guitar pop with singular power.