ALELA DIANE ACTUALLY HAS THE VOICE OF AN ANGEL

ALELA DIANE ACTUALLY HAS THE VOICE OF AN ANGEL

Leigh MichaelMonday,3 June 2013

The Snap:

Singer/songwriter Alela Diane is set to release her fourth LP on 25 June. About Farewell is an indie-folk hybrid that represents Diane’s evolution as a musician — both musically and instrumentally. Get a taste of what’s to come — You can purhcase the album’s title track on Amazon and can listen to “The Way We Fall” on Soundcloud.

The Download:

Alela Diane feels like one of those hidden gems. She truly has one of the most beautiful voices ever, but her quiet persona seems to keep her out of the limelight.

If she hasn’t grabbed the attention of many music fans yet, she has certainly captured the eye of artists: Alela Diane has toured with Iron & Wine, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, and Blitzen Trapper.

In 2009, she released the exquisite “White As Diamonds,” a combination of lyrical genius and gorgeous vocals. Listen to it — and ignore the (admittedly goofy) music video that accompanies it.

Diane is folksy without sounding old-fashioned; she’s wholesome without being boring; she’s emotional without being “emo.” She’s a fun one to listen to live (like this KEXP gem) because it sounds  exactly like her recordings — every song exudes simple talent that doesn’t require studio edits or effects.

When Alela Diane released Pirate’s Gospel in 2004, she packaged and decorated each album by hand. Though I doubt she has the time to put as much time into each individual record today, it feels like she still gives the same tailored attention to her endeavors. Music is her craft; she wants each album to be perfect.

2011’s Alela Diane & Wild Divine featured backing instrumentals from her father and her (now) ex-husband. If the title is any evidence, it seems that the upcoming About Farewell will be centered around the act of saying goodbye. Melancholy, yes – but it also promises to be really moving.

Listen to “The Way We Fall” on Soundcloud, and prepare to shell out some $$ for About Farewell on 25 June.


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Hat Tips:

Alela Diane, Soundcloud, Spin, Image Credit: Flickr



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