For You Stranger
'...a higher art form than we are mostly used to... Not a cliché or pop pandering bullshit melody or guitar line to be found. ...refreshing, so non-narcissistic...' -Your Imaginary Friend at KZSU Zookeeper Online (Stanford University) In a place where pop music is not a goal but an avoidance, Diane Marie Kloba creates an urgently approachable and personally honest creation titled For You, Stranger. While keeping the attitude, verse and vibe up front, bent jazz and twisted surf are placed neatly between alternative and punk rock sonics. Experimenting on some songs with sparse drums, solid chords and spastic leads work well here behind Diane Marie's charming words and poetic vocal style. The opening cut, "For a Stranger" is empty and hypnotic, with a grand finale of group vocals, ending before it ever starts, gives no clue to the rest of the albums vibe. The resulting overall style is performance art educated by a punk aesthetic. She neither spares nor tames her unconventional guitar leads. This is Diane Marie's best album yet. Her message is compelling and the songs soar and ebb with a mood that is enticing. A small group of collaborators join Diane Marie on some tracks: Contributions come from members of her erstwhile band, The Silent Workers as well as vocalist/percussionist Fan-Cee.