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Great EP but...

Love the songs and the singers but does anyone else have all the digital disturbance and clicking at the start of 'Matty Groves'? Ruins it for me. Big shame as I was so looking forward to this. :o(

Great Companion

This EP is a companion piece to Alela Diane’s latest album To Be Still which was released in February of this year
Alela & Alina, a stripped down collection of new and old folk songs. The big surprise isn’t that it is good, it’s that it is actually good enough to rival the strongest work on To Be Still. All three of the EP’s original tracks, “I Have Returned,” “Amidst the Movement,” and “Crying Wolf” are pure loveliness, shrugging off the fuller instrumentation of To Be Still and leaving only raw emotion over an acoustic guitar. “Returned” is particularly spellbinding, with Hardin and Diane’s ethereal voices intertwining magically over the chorus, “You never know how the wind will blow/and you never know whose going with it when it goes.” It’s all yearning and melancholy, made convincing by the earnestness and purity of the young ladies’ voices. The EP also features three excellent covers. “Bowling Green” was originally made famous by folk legends the Weavers, and takes on an extra mournful edge in Diane and Hardin’s treatment. “Matty Groves,” is a 17th Century standard—a woeful tale of adultery straight out of the Highlands. Lastly the ladies round out the EP with a heartbreaking rendition of Townes Van Zandt’s “The Rake.”


This could be the best purchase you make this month, because this is folk music at its best. A mini album of 6 gentle tracks to bring back that feeling of lazy summers of years gone by. The "digital booklet" is also filled with interesting info on each song. Well recommended..!


Born: 20 April 1983 in Nevada City, CA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Part of the nouveau psych-folk movement that took shape as the first decade of the 21st century drew to a close, the American-born singer/songwriter Alela Diane got her start thanks to a well-received, self-released recording (2003's Forest Parade) and a helping hand from established scenester Joanna Newsom. After a short stint with the group Black Bear and a European vacation, Diane returned to the States and began work on her next album, which saw the light of day as The Pirate's Gospel in 2004....
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