Diane Cluck is a Virginia-based singer-songwriter. Her ecstatic vocal style has been noted for its uniquely clipped, glottal beauty. She accompanies herself on instruments ranging from guitar to piano, harmonium, zither, percussion, and toy accordion, and often plays alongside cellist Isabel Castellvi.
Diane releases her seventh album, Boneset, through Important Records in March 2014—a mobius strip seeded with birds, death, wealth and poverty, boldness and heart. ‘Cluck’s sparse compositions seem to float defiantly from some fortress the conscious self had long left behind,’ a reviewer from The Providence Phoenix recently wrote.
Fellow folk musician Devendra Banhart championed her early, referring to her as ‘my favorite singer-songwriter in all of New York City’, and choosing one of her songs for his Golden Apples of the Sun compilation. Other supporters and collaborators include CocoRosie, who invited Cluck to open shows in the US and Europe and released her Countless Times album through their personal label imprint. Sharon Van Etten, Florence Welch (of Florence And The Machine) and Laura Marling have all cited Diane’s work as influential.
Prior to developing a loyal underground fanbase, Cluck was a standout performer in New York’s Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn music scenes. She recorded and self-produced six albums that went on to receive international distribution and acclaim. Songs from her album Oh Vanille / ova nil appeared in Noah Baumbach’s film Margot at The Wedding and the UK television series Skins.
In 2012 Diane launched Song-of-the-Week, a fan-funded, subscription-based project through her website, in which she writes, records and delivers new songs to subscribers. The process helped her develop many of the songs that appear on Boneset, and continues to generate new material for her live shows and future albums.