the pirate's gospel
Alela Diane hails from Nevada City, CA, also the hometown of friend and kindred spirit Joanna Newsom. Alela hand-made 650 copies of her beautiful debut, The Pirate's Gospel, "sewing lace and paper bags for the case, drawing golden ships, lettering ink, and burning each cd..." Unfortunately, these are all gone, but luckily Holocene Music will be releasing the record nationally on October 24, 2006.
I can't recommend this album enough; Alela's voice is big and powerful and haunting, her gospel-folk laden with lush imagery about the sea and the forest and the hills. I particularly love this track, in which Alela is accompanied by a chorus of young children, giving the song the feel of an old campfire hymn:
Alela Diane Pieces of String mp3
Alela Diane will play shows in the near future with Chris Walla, Juana Molina, and Akron/Family. View all of the dates here. The album should be available for purchase here soon.