Naked Time

by diana darby

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Forget Gillian Welch / Lucinda Williams when it comes to poetry as song; this young woman out of Houston is tapping into the duende. A surface shimmer of punk/pop and brooding English folk laps at the feet of the ghost of Sandy Denny as she skirts the lake of the blues. The subject matter skims across abuse and sorrow with a voice that literally feels as if the sky is crying. The hands rowing the boat are experienced. Will Rigby of the DB's, Mark Spencer of the Blood Oranges, Mark Bosquist etc. The backings are as precise and evocative as copper etchings behind the fragile figure in a print dress. Like listening to trees fade and wither. The overall feel is mid seventies in a way and I kept thinking of Planet Waves. Standout tracks are the Appalachian ballad 'Malcolm's Song', 'Sarah' and the almost Blondie meets Patti Smith 'She won't be quiet no more' but really it's a near faultless first recording. .'Blackdog' pays tribute in a mellow country form to both Nick Drake and Jesse Winchester's songs of that title but leaves us with the sound of pure Darby. Closer 'Amelia' is a Leonard Cohen tune made completely her own.

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released June 14, 2000

Diana Darby Vocals, acoustic guitar
Mark Spencer Electric, Acoustic, National, lap steel, Bass, Organ, Synth, Egg, Wind chimes, Tambourine
Will Rigby Drums
David Henry Cello
Ned Henry Electric guitar on Ragdoll
Sharon Janis Upright Bass on Junebug
D. Clinton Thompson Acoustic and Electric Guitar on Ragdoll
Fred Shehadi Acoustic Guitar on Amelia
Design Lara Mondae
Produced by Diana Darby & Mark Linn

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diana darby Chicago, Illinois

Uncompromisingly spare, the songs of Diana Darby are psychotropic ballads that long to be sung from the dark corners of the room. Diana Darby's I V (intravenous) is a brand new album of songs retaining what Pitchfork called, "minimal, whispered rendition(s)" of "powerfully fatalistic evaluations of hope." ... more

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