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Heart in a Jar

by Diftong

12 American-style folk songs that are accompanied by a colorful group of musicians with backgrounds in genres ranging from Opera to Rock. The overall atmosphere of the album is one of longing for a better world that always lies just around the corner.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. Longing for Water
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2. Hot-shot Superstition
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3. Van Gogh's Indian Summer
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4. Cold War was Hot
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5. Heart in a Jar
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6. Timberline
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7. The Ruthless Truth
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8. Babel
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9. Fiddlesticks
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10. Out-of-sequence Re-assembly Gumption Trap
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11. Hot-shot Epilogue
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12. Travel Plans
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Dutch 3voor12.nl on Diftong’s Heart in a Jar:
Diftong has succeeded in demonstrating how versatile traditional American Folk and Country music can be and he proves that fine Americana can be made in the Rhine Delta as well as in Tennessee or The Rocky Mountains. If you are still enjoying After the Goldrush or Harvest, Heart in a Jar will not be wasted on you.

Dutch alt.country forum www.altcountryform.nl on Diftong’s Heart in a Jar:
…An honest recording with high quality music that’s pleasant to listen to but never too easy. An adventurous CD full of atmospheric songs that vary in style between folk, altcountry and folkrock… …a kaleidoscopic mixture of sparkling banjo, piano tunes and the subtle sound of an upright bass…. …Music of a magical beauty. Heart in a jar is an intriguingly sounding album that reaches outside the Dutch borders…

Diftong on Diftong's Heart in a Jar
Never could I imagine the result when I asked some people around me to perform on my album "Heart in a jar". They stepped from their worlds of rock and classical music and took their positions behind the microphone. The result is 12 American-style folk songs with an overall atmosphere of longing. Longing for water, mountains, the Cold War, gumption, the colors of Van Gogh. Longing for a better world that always lies just around the corner. I reached several high's in the process of making this album. First when I finished the songs and knew they were what I wanted them to be. Then when I played them live and they lifted me up. And again when I listened to the album and watched the artwork and realized that I could never have done this on my own. Oh yeah, there were lows as well. I'm sure there were. But I don't seem to remember them.

Enjoy,
Diftong

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www.3voor12.nl

Diftong - Heart in a Jar
Diftong revives old times
Diftong’s second CD Heart in a Jar as proofs that good Americana music can be made the Dutch polders.
3VOOR12 UTRECHT By: Joost Schreurs
Saturday October 2 2010 17:56
Diftong has been part of the music scene for a while. He is one of the two Understate Men and played the bass in a New Wave band in times long past. Traditional American music with a raucous twist is his thing. Not the smooth Dolly Parton sound but the rugged variety as played by Neil Young, who happens to be Diftong’s main inspiration. Three years after the release of his solo debut Robot vs Totempole in 2007, his second album Heart in a Jar is here.
A solo album is hardly ever made alone. Other musicians contributed electric guitar, piano and double bass. Diftong sings and plays guitar, banlo, mandolin and keyboard. The magnificent vocal contributions of Marit Willers, Wineke van Lammeren and Eva Kokken should be mentioned here. They complement Diftong’s singing in the style of Johnny Cash and June Carter in their best years.
As said before, Neil Young’s work was of great influence on Diftong’s music. This is evident on Heart in a Jar but not overruling. A fine song like Hot-shot Superstition could have been a track of After the Goldrush or Harvest for sure but Diftong’s style is more varied without the album becoming a jumble. American folk and country form the basis of all tracks, be it a quiet song like Timberline or the countryrock of Babel with drums and screaming electric guitar. This consistent basis makes Heart in a Jar a pleasant listening experience.
When it comes to his lyrics Diftong also shows his versatility. Humor alternates with melancholy smoothly, like in Cold War was Hot and the subsequent title track. An instrumental reprise of Hot-shot Superstition shows up towards the end of the album (Hot-shot Epilogue). A well-chosen salute to what I think is the best song of the CD.
Diftong has succeeded in demonstrating how versatile traditional American Folk and Country music can be and he proves that fine Americana can be made in the Rhine Delta as well as in Tennessee or The Rocky Mountains. If you are still enjoying After the Goldrush or Harvest, Heart in a Jar will not be wasted on you.
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Diftong - Heart in a Jar
Dutch alt.country forum www.altcountryform.nl on Diftong’s Heart in a Jar:
…An honest recording with high quality music that’s pleasant to listen to but never too easy. An adventurous CD full of atmospheric songs that vary in style between folk, altcountry and folkrock…
…kaleidoscopic mixture of sparkling banjo, piano tunes and the subtle sound of an upright bass….
…Music of a magical beauty. Heart in a jar is an intriguingly sounding album that reaches outside the Dutch borders…
Read more...