Updated June 2013
New Album Out: 29th July
-Preceded by single of the same title, out 15th July-
“A devastating epic of love, nostalgia, and pain”– Pitchfork
Alela Diane’s forthcoming album About Farewell acts as an eloquent goodbye to lovers from years past, coupled with poignant walks down memory lane. To call the writing experience cathartic would be an understatement, for lyrically it deals directly with her recent divorce, while exploring her entire last decade of relationships with tremendous honesty and nuanced insight.
"I heard somebody say that 'the brightest lights cast the biggest shadows,' so honey, I've got to let you go, I've got to let you go". - Alela Diane
The stripped down folk songs glimmer with Alele’s exquisite poetry while presenting something somber and achingly truthful. Alela's staggering voice is able to take center stage, as she's turned away from the full band that she last employed with Alela Diane & Wild Divine, with the entirety of About Farewell built around her voice and simple guitar arrangements. Taking full creative control, About Farewell see’s Alela explore her own ideas for harmonies and melodies and create a wholly unique piece of self-expression.
While the record is a step forward for her in this respect, it also represents a return to her roots as a songwriter. Hailing from Nevada City, CA, the homespun charms of her origin place have never left her. Alela's first record, The Pirate's Gospel, featured hand-drawn and hand-sewn sleeves. It is this handcrafted DIY aesthetic which is revisited anew, both in her decision to self-release the album, and in her self-possessed approach to recording.
Alela laid much of About Farewell to tape with John Askew at Flora Recording Studios in her current home of Portland, Ore, in late 2011 and early 2012. Over the course of 2012 she enlisted the help of some very talented friends to flesh out the sound: Heather Broderick (Horse Feathers, Efterklang, Loch Lomond) arranging and playing piano and flute, Holcombe Waller arranging strings, and Neal Morgan (Joanna Newsom, Bill Callahan touring bands) playing drums. In early 2013, she finished mixing the album with John Askew at Scenic Burrows and Mix Foundry.
About Farewell will be released on CD, Vinyl and Digitally on 29th July. The album will be preceded by the title track single, out on 15th July. Alela Diane plays The Louisiana, Bristol on 7th July and The Tabernacle, London on 8th July.
Press contact: Hannah Gould PR - Hannahgould@hannahgould.co.uk / 0797 4000 415