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Editors’ Notes

It’s uncanny how the voices of Alela Diane and fellow folk singer Alina Hardin go together as well as their first names, which the duo used to title 2009’s Alela & Alina. The Diane-penned “Amidst the Movement” opens with perfect vocal harmonies recalling moments of June Tabor and Maddy Prior’s 1976 album Silly Sisters (sans English accents). Diane and Hardin’s voices fuse even closer on “Bowling Green” which isn’t a cover of the Everly Brothers tune by the same name — it’s actually a curiously abbreviated title of the Weavers’ “Good Old Bowling Green.” Here Diane and Hardin croon over delicately plucked acoustic arpeggios, making Kentucky seem like heaven on earth. Hardin takes the lead vocal on her own flowery “Crying Wolf.” Sustaining a timeless feel, they follow with the traditional “Matty Groves” before ending on a gorgeous cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “Rake.”

Customer Reviews

My only complaint is there isn't more ...

This album reminds me of a soundtrack in that it tells a story. Its rich narrative plays throughout the six tracks. Bowling Green in particular is a powerful mix of symbolism and turn of phrase. These two women can really sing and they compliment each other really well.

My thoughts

I find this strangely quite refreshing.... Finally a step away from the norm...


I became a fan of Alela Diane's music after one of her songs was a single-of-the week. I like her all-acoustic recordings best, and really enjoy these tracks. I'm not familiar with Alina at all, but I like what I hear.


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...
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