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Diane Cluck, Glassmen, TS Foss

  • Art In 1444 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Photo by Amelia Eliza.

Photo by Amelia Eliza.

Virginia singer-songwriter and guitarist Diane Cluck plays what she calls "intuitive folk" music, and that music is both tender and leaden. Cluck's voice, equally rich and airy, occasionally recalls Joni Mitchell in its free-flowing cadences, or Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Fraser in its melismatic digressions, and sometimes takes on a speak-song character. Cluck's 2014 release Boneset, orchestrated with strings (along with Cluck's guitar), flutters in place like some meandering, innocuous daydream. Yet the songs here casually unfold, exposing a welcomed feeling of heaviness along with a sense of unease. Cluck's tough-to-peg style clearly coheres in "Sara," the album's closing track. The controlled quivers and quavers in Cluck's voice give the song an improvisatory element that contrasts with the simple, consistent plucking of her guitar. Cluck shares the bill here with local avant-indie duo Glassmen as well as TS Foss, the acoustic project of Madison musician Tyler Fassnacht (Fire Heads, Proud Parents, The Hussy). —Emili Earhart

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