In a sense, Alela Diane’s new About Farewell is both a new beginning and a return to form. The Portland singer-songwriter’s fourth release finds her taking the more contemplative tone of her earlier releases— a stark contrast to the meatier, fuller band sounds of 2011’s Alela Diane & Wild Divine.The record also represents the most personal batch of songs she’s written, and for good reason. Her recent divorce (from Wild Divine bandmate Tom Bevitori) is a constant presence, though not always in an entirely direct way.

“I think that that experience forced me to dive into past memories,” she told us. “This time I was the one who left, so it forced me to remember what it was like to be left as well.”

The result — About Farewell — is a kind of informed examination of farewell as she’s known it, and it’s lovely if not always carefree listening.

Alela Diane and her band— including Heather Woods Broderick on vocals, piano and guitar, Ben Lansverk on viola, Samantha Kushnick on cello, Nathan Crockett on violin, and Holcombe Waller conducting— played for us during soundcheck before her recent hometown release show at The Old Church in downtown Portland.

Watch more performances by Alela Diane on our YouTube channel, and hear the interview and full session below including a download of the song “Lost Land”:


Audio engineer/mixing: Steven Kray
Video editor: Jarratt Taylor
Video shooters: Jarratt Taylor / Marjorie Deocampo / Molly Gard / Nate Sjol
Interview: Jeremy Petersen
Executive Producer: David Christensen