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Editors’ Notes

Turning away from the full-band setup she employed in the past and emphasizing the lonelier aspects of her artistic journey, Alela Diane's About Farewell tells the story of her personal troubles, of a marriage gone to divorce, and a life now very much in question. Some talented friends—Heather Broderick on piano and flute, Holcombe Walker arranging strings, Neal Morgan playing drums—add just the right touch, but they can't change the circumstances. Diane harmonizes with herself and creates an uncomfortable closeness or a sycophantic choir for such emotionally precise tunes as the title track, "Lost Land," and "Before the Leaving." Only the five-minute "The Way We Fall" expands on its theme for a larger musical show. The remaining tracks sit comfortably in their relatively brief existences. The drums on "Black Sheep" do suggest a certain amount of confidence and coming to terms with oneself. But nothing is ever as simple as we'd like, and Diane captures that sense of unsettled hope that hangs in the air of every romantic.

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At Last!

I have been waiting since last year for this lovely album About Farewell. Alela does not disappoint :D

remarkable voice, beautiful album

When I first listened to "About Farewell," I only downloaded about four of the tracks. I adored the ones that I chose, but I was not completely sold on the album.
However, I recently saw Alela perform in San Francisco, and her exquisite voice left me haunted. I listened to the tracks on this album that I didn't download and realized they're just as wonderful.
Alela remains one of my muses. She, Gillian Welch, and Sibylle Baier are my folk goddesses.

Incredibly Fantastic

I'm a metal head normally and I really don't like any other genre of music, but I heard "Take Us Back" at the end of the Walking Dead game and maybe it was because it was such an emotional ending or maybe it was just because she is that good, but I got chills when I heard it. I've really started getting into her music and all I can say is you WILL NOT be disappointed no matter what genre you like. Must buy.

Biography

Born: April 20, 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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