Alela Diane & Wild Divine

Alela Diane & Wild Divine

by Alela Diane
     
 

After releasing a pair of hushed, intimate folk records, Alela Diane beefs up her sound with Alela Diane & the Wild Divine, an album that owes as much credit to Diane's newly expanded backing band as the songwriter herself. These ten songs paint a familiar pastoral picture -- there's much talk of horses, birds, highways, and open landscapes -- but they do so…  See more details below

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After releasing a pair of hushed, intimate folk records, Alela Diane beefs up her sound with Alela Diane & the Wild Divine, an album that owes as much credit to Diane's newly expanded backing band as the songwriter herself. These ten songs paint a familiar pastoral picture -- there's much talk of horses, birds, highways, and open landscapes -- but they do so with a wider brush, coloring Diane's once-stark music with keyboards, light percussion, and electric guitar. She's a vintage California girl, with a voice that's steeped in Laurel Canyon twang and lyrics that split the difference between flower child optimism and poetry grad cynicism. Backed by a solid country-rock band (including two guitarists who claim co-writing credits on more than half the songs), her new sound is perhaps more indebted to Nashville than the West Coast's folk scene, but it sounds its best in the neutral territory between both camps, neither subscribing to nor rebelling against any single genre. In the weeks leading up to this album's release, press outlets tended to focus on Diane's new "pop-influenced sound." The Wild Divine isn't pop, though, and Diane's willingness to reach beyond her freak-folk bedrock bodes well for a long career. "At the end of the day," she croons on the album's final track, "the song that I sing is the same." Right on.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/05/2011
Label:
Rough Trade Us
UPC:
0883870061629
catalogNumber:
616

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alela Diane   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Wurlitzer,Crystal Bowl
Larry Goldings   Accordion,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
John Girton   Electric Guitar
Scott Litt   Vibraslap
Debbie Scott   Hand Clapping
Lorraine Gervais   Background Vocals
Simon Weller   Hand Clapping
Jonas Haskins   Bass
Jason Merculief   Drums
Tom Bevitori   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Wurlitzer,Pianette
Tom Menig   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
Alina Hardin   Background Vocals
Larry Tracy   Pedal Steel Guitar
Charlie Faber   Standup Bass
Michael Logue   Hand Clapping
Robert Gubber   Piano,Wurlitzer

Technical Credits

Scott Litt   Producer,Engineer
Dana Nielsen   Engineer
Alela Diane   Composer
Tom Bevitori   Composer
Tom Menig   Composer
Jesse Lauter   Engineer
Diane Chonette   Art Direction
Michael Logue   Engineer

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