What images does the word 'diva' conjure up for you? More importantly, are they positive? Clearly, I am not one of the target market for Diva's new album The Glitter End, because all that 'diva' conjures up for me is a vague concept of throwing a tantrum, and snapshots of the worst end of the 1980s. The pretentious, glittery end... which I guess from the title of this album is exactly what Diva was going for.

According to the label's webpage, this is the solo project of Diva Dompe, singer in the duo BlackBlack, bass of Pocahaunted and a member of the 'sublime' L.A. Ladies Choir. Not familiar with any of them, I began listening to The Glitter End without much experience of the L.A. psychedelia scene. 'Snake Dream' wasn't a wholly compelling start; it sounds like Diva recorded the track on old Nokia, while standing too close to it, and probably spaced out. This is an unfortunate sound which unfortunately never leaves the album. It's presumably intentional, but heard through iPod earphones, it makes you wonder if you need new ones.

In The Glitter End's favour however, the album's sound is fairly original. The songs themselves are a fusion of tropicalia and psychedelic folk-rock, with relaxed off-beats and tropical drums, fuzzy guitar and layered vocals echoing over the mix. Each track is richly textured with hypnotic musical lines, new layers added continually throughout the songs. Diva has incorporated African styles into her own unusual conglomeration, though after a few listens, it all seems to blend into one long, repetitive track. 'Glow Worm' is an example of the album's overall mesmerising style, and it's hard not to get sucked into the middle distance while listening to it, gently bobbing your head until your neck aches.

'Liquid Garden' goes for more squelchy sound, but still follows the template of duplicating phrases and phase shifting. A notable digression from the early tracks' minimalistic style can be found in 'Andromeda's Lullaby', which has the feel of a Victorian fairground on a Doctor Who episode. This gets further developed in the title track, and I think it's safe to say, track six is where The Glitter End gets... well, really weird. Moans and strange electronic sounds ensue, with off-kilter vocal parts and off-key harmonies. All very odd.

After 'Crocodile Crawl', The Glitter End returns to more familiar territory, which, to be fair to Diva, isn't all that familiar in the grander scheme of things. Having said that, Björk could sue.

I can't say I find much of musical interest here to return to, though I could probably sit through Diva in a 'new music' tent at Glasto. If you like psychedelia or the electronic end of folk, I'd recommend giving this a listen, particularly 'Glow Worm' and 'Andromeda's Lullaby'. But to be honest, I've heard this Diva without really changing the negative connotations of pretension that I started with.

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