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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Diane Cluck, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper and more

Diane Cluck

Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker | http://laurajanebrubaker.tumblr.com/

Folkadelphia has shared a live session with Diane Cluck ahead of her show at Eris Temple Arts on Monday. The veteran musician performed “Heartloose” off of her 2014 record Boneset, along with “Monte Carlo” from her 2000 self-titled debut and “Red August” from a song-of-the-week project she did in 2012.

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Folkadelphia Session: Diane Cluck (performing at Eris Temple Arts on Mon. 2/16)


Homegrown, homespun, and completely organic, Diane Cluck‘s songs and art appeal to the very core of my “music fandom.” You find that she strips away the excess of stature, bravado, career trajectory, critical bias, and other non-musical artifacts that make their way into others’ music that you think about when you listen to them or see them perform live. Cluck’s art is like the fresh tomato ripe off the vine that you gingerly pick from the garden that you planted. A lot of other music, well, it’s like the sketchy, bizarrely uniform, overly green and shiny apple you drop into your cart at the supermarket, trying to push out “GMO” and “pesticides” from your mind. For Cluck, I’ve only ever thought about her songs, the words and music, and tiny worlds and narratives she creates within. Nothing else entered this serene space.
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Treasured songwriter Diane Cluck and the boundary pushing Jenny Hval, tonight on Folkadelphia

Photo by Scott Yates
Photo by Scott Yates

Diane Cluck has long been a treasured songwriter for those of us who are in the know. With Boneset, her first album in eight years, I hope those of us in the know will outnumber those of us who are not.

Folkadelphia will be presenting Diane Cluck’s Philadelphia concert on Saturday, March 22nd at Rigby Mansion, a literal mansion residence in the Germantown area. Joining the bill are Amanda Jo Williams (who we’ve previously featured on the radio) and Mike Tamburo. Learn more info. about the concert here and email fred@folkadelphia.com for details.

Listen to “Why Feel Alone?” from Boneset

On this episode of Folkadelphia, we’re pleased to premiere the in-studio session with Norwegian artist Jenny Hval. Hval and her music are often described with rousing terminology – provoking, incendiary, shocking, agitating. Her most recent album Innocence Is Kinky is a whirlwind ride of operatic vocalizing, encompassing synthesizer sounds, and stormy atmosphere. What really drew us to Hval is her commanding presence and the way she stands out admist the chaos. The way that Hval pushes against the strict boundaries of easy genre classification is entrancing and admirable. Jenny Hval returns to Philadelphia to open for Swans at Union Transfer on May 15th.

Watch Jenny Hval’s recent performance for WNYC’s Soundcheck:
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