Recording engineer: Steven Kray, with assistance from Randy Layton
Video: Jarratt Taylor / Anthony DelCalzo
Photos: Inger Klekacz— see the full photo set
From the outset of Alela Diane‘s third release, Alela Diane & Wild Divine, it’s obvious that the album’s title, which is also the name of her band, is no accident. It’s the sound of a full band that permeates throughout, the folksinger-with-guitar template so much at the center of her first couple of albums giving way to Alela Diane, frontwoman and band leader. It’s a shift that works well, the band still keeping things mellow, but less delicately so and less in the folk realm than Diane’s past work. It’s an evolution not unlike that experienced by Joni Mitchell during her early output, with efforts like Clouds and Ladies of the Canyon coming before the likes of Court and Spark and the live and band-heavy Miles of Aisles.
We talk to Diane about her new sound, the unique make up of her band (which includes both her husband, Tom Bevitori, and her father Tom Menig), and about recording with producer Scott Litt (R.E.M., Nirvana). Currently in the midst of a European tour, look for an upcoming Portland date from Alela Diane & Wild Divine June 4th at Mississippi Studios.
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