Diana Jones – High Atmosphere

January 01, 1970

(Proper)

 

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Given that her life has been fraught with challenges and
tragedy, Diana Jones’ spare delivery and wistful restraint don’t come as any
great surprise. Adopted as an infant, she left home when she was a teenager,
only to experience life under the most trying of circumstances. After college,
she was determined to retrace her southern roots and reconnect with her birth
family, and in the process, she became entangled in the traditional sounds of
her native Tennessee
environs.

 

An auto accident sidelined her for awhile and two early DIY
albums were all but ignored. To her credit however, Jones overcame those
obstacles, won some kudos at the Kerrville Folk fest and, with a signing to
Proper Records, began attracting notice. Nevertheless, her music has always
been melancholy at best, its world-weary trappings affirming a sad-eyed
perspective. High Atmosphere is no
exception… similarly somber, but pretty and pervasive as well. It harbors more
than a hint of a gothic sensibility, as if a parchment document gilded in
amber. Initial offerings “High Atmosphere” and “I Don’t Know” are sad and
sobering, but as the album proceeds, Jones gains her footing, and ultimately
songs such as “Sister,”  “Motherless
Children” and “Poverty” almost seem plucky to a degree, at least by Jones’
standards. Mainly though, High Atmosphere boasts a shoegazer sensibility and a sound resembling that of Gillian Welch,
Natalie Merchant or Iris Dement, one best described as modest, moody, rustic
and reflective.

 

DOWNLOAD: “Poverty,” “I Don’t Know” LEE ZIMMERMAN

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