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Monday, May 6, 2013

Alela Diane's New Album and Portland Playhouse Show

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, May 6, 2013 at 11:17 AM

In March, I posted Alela Diane's new song "The Way We Fall," and now there's some more information about the album it comes from, the upcoming About Farewell. The album, Diane's fourth, will be self-released on June 25 on Diane's new label Rusted Blue Records. (They are in the phone book just above Rusted Root Records, who I know you call all the time.) The album was begun in late 2011 and the first part of 2012 at Flora Recording Studios with John Askew, with guest musicians Heather Woods Broderick, Holcombe Waller, and Neal Morgan. It was mixed earlier this year with Askew at Scenic Burrows Studio and Mix Foundry, all here in town.

By all accounts—and judging by the new material played at those very intimate shows she staged last year at Oaks Pioneer Church—About Farewell will contain among Diane's most personal material yet. From the press release:

"It serves as an eloquent goodbye to lovers from years past, coupled with some poignant last walks down memory lane. While the lyrics deal most directly with her recent divorce, the album explores her entire last decade of relationships with tremendous honesty and nuanced insight. To call the experience "cathartic" would almost be an understatement - for Alela, this was a record which direly needed to be made. In the writing process, she was able to lucidly articulate her emotions about her marriage, a process which led her to realize the necessity of ending one chapter of her life in order to begin a new one."

Let's hear that great new song "The Way We Fall" again. In the meantime, Diane will be performing at another local church—this time at a church-turned-150-seat-theater, Portland Playhouse (602 NE Prescott), on Sunday, May 19. It's part of the "No PA" series, back after nearly two years. Yes, this will be a quiet acoustic show, and Diane will share the bill with two artists from the local Mama Bird Recording Co. label, Vikesh Kapoor and Barna Howard. Tickets for that show are available here.


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