Album Review: Alela Diane – Alela Diane & Wild Divine

by Katherine

Unlike fellow Nevada folkies Joanna Newsom and Devendra Banhart, Alela Diane possesses neither head-mangling lyrical ambition nor weed-weaved whimsy. Instead, she’s spent the best part of a decade spinning refreshingly uncluttered pastoralism. Granted, this record is a little hardier than previous material; the drums have got louder, the twangs have got twangier and brief, woody organ flourishes fleck proceedings now and again. It’s ‘The Wind’ that marks the album, though – an ode to a murdered friend, it flutters along in a rush of banjo-topped catharsis. ‘…Wild Divine’ ain’t Kid A, but it’s hardly musical stagnation.


(Published in NME Magazine)