January 31, 2009
The Guardian , Saturday 31st January 2009
She Keeps Bees, Gimmie (Names)
A young lady singing (while playing guitar) as her own boyfriend plays drums? It could never work – imagine the arguments! Still, full marks to Brooklyn’s SKB – Jessica Larrabee and Andy LaPlant – for giving it a go. A little like Jack ‘n’ Meg (with the self-regard and general air of grim humourlessness removed) “sitting in with” – it’s what jazz people do, I saw it on the telly – PJ Harvey, even the Breeders, this is, literally, raunchy (“Give it to me daddy, work me like my back ain’t got no bone,” – well, excuse me!), a loosely hammering, bluesy howl that sounds like it was as exciting to make as it is to listen to. I wonder if she really does keep bees?
January 26, 2009
Why would a record company think to make such outlandish designed record sleeves???
because we want to…. so eat it!
January 23, 2009
Barbarossa will be doing a live session with 6Music’s Marc Riley on Wednesday 28th January – listen again here (for a limited time only...
“The Pallyacho Tapes EP” will also be EP Single Of The Week at Pure Groove Records next week.
January 23, 2009
Alela Diane will be appearing at the following;
25th March – The Sage, Gateshead
26th March – ABC2, Glasgow
27th March – The Deaf Institue, Manchester
29th March – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds
30th March – St Giles Church, London (SOLD OUT)
17th September – Shepherds Bush Empire, London
January 23, 2009
“White As Diamonds” is taken from the forthcoming album “To Be Still” (16th Feb), the follow-up to Alela Dianes critically-acclaimed 2006 debut The Pirates Gospel which brought the Nevada City, CA-reared musician a passionate following across the Globe especially in europe where Alela has a huge fan base..
Recorded in Nevada City and Portland, Ore., it’s a gorgeous sonic expansion of her sparse debut, featuring pedal steel, violin and rustic percussion, with lyrics tangled up in brambles and foxtails and wind-whipped sea cliffs. From the woozy folk flourishes of opener “Dry Grass & Shadows,” to the heart-shattering final track, “Lady Divine”
“It began in Portland, OR and was finished in scatters between tours at my dad’s home studio in Nevada City, CA,” Alela says. “I wanted to record this collection of songs using arrangements which would represent them in their finest form. These songs requested more instrumental filigree than those on The Pirate’s Gospel. It was challenging to delicately yet purposefully incorporate instrumentation into songs that I was so used to singing by myself. I was determined to make it work, because I wanted percussion! I wanted to hear the lonesome bow of the violin! I heard many harmonies in my head, and so I set out to capture them.”
This fantastic new album comes hot on the heels of the Headless Heroes album The Silence of Love which Alela contributed vocals for and has gained much critical acclaim and thousands of new fans!!
January 22, 2009
“Alela Diane looks and sounds like she’s been beamed in from some other planet, a place somewhat more wonderful and strange than our own. We should think ourselves lucky that she’s decided to make a home here because I’m not entirely sure we deserve her. This release is stellar stuff”
Rob Fitzpatrick (The Word) writing for Music Week
January 14, 2009
“if this, Alela Diane’s sophomore effort, was to be released just a couple of months earlier, it would have no doubt made it onto many enthusiastic jotter’s end of year ‘best of’ lists. After the widespread critical acclaim of her debut, ‘The Pirate’s Gospel’, Alela has here constructed a minor fold masterpiece, with delicate yet expansive instrumentation swooning underneath a voice that is achingly wistful and nothing short of jaw-dropping. Female singer-songwriters may be appearing everywhere at the moment, but Alela Diane is a name that should, and no doubt will, be perched high on top of the pack for a long time to come” 8/10