I am putting the finishing touches on my album Find a Road In now.
Until it is ready I have just released a free download on Bandcamp with six tracks I produced for a two different sessions for Mark Whitby at Dandelion Radio in 2020 and 2021. The first three ended up on Orion Before Dawn in updated versions. The other will be included (in updated versions) on Find a Road In!
I chose the title Virgin State because you can hear the songs in their virgin state:
Listeners of Dandelion Radio voted two songs from Orion Before Dawn onto the 2020 Festive 50 countdown. (which continues the tradition started by John Peel). “This is a Prayer” appeared at #27 and No Pause in Rhythm landed at #44! This is the third time I’ve appeared on the list, and the first time I have two songs in the list!
Mastering Engineer Bob Katz had this to say on his Facebook Page:
Performance artist from Chicago, a sincere woman who I am privileged to know. I’ve mastered several of her CDs. And the most recent “Orion Before Dawn”, I mastered and was mixed by one of my mix engineers, the extraordinaire Aaron PhatChief Gandia. Aaron invented, along with input from me, numerous super special effects to accompany these eclectic and loving poem-songs by Diane Marie.
The album is doing well in Germany and the UK. It made a prestigious list at Dandelion Radio’s Festive Fifty. This is where people from all over the world vote for the best 50 songs of the year. Diane tells me this is the fourth time her music made this list, in the company of many well-known artistes. Two of the songs, “This is a Prayer” and “No Pause in Rhythm” made it to the list this year.
For this album, Aaron and I wanted to help it tell a story. For example, “No Pause in Rhythm” has a rather eclectic rhythm to it.
Diane wants to tell everyone that “the extreme joy and pride of knowing people listen to my music is a gift to me.”
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!