by Alela Diane
I have a crush on Alela Diane. Hailing from Portland, OR, she’s a stunning storyteller, her songs painting gentle landscapes of love and nature. Her voice is lilting, both slick and scuffed, and is layered amidst steel strings and mandolin melodies. It's difficult to label her musical style, but she's been linked to the New Weird America 'freak folk' or 'psych folk' movement known for introducing the psychedelic into traditional folk.
To Be Still is her second studio album and is rooted in the geography of the jagged west coast. It’s enchanting in its simplicity, and as head-clearing as the coldest morning. Best track on the record: White as Diamonds. Watch the music video here.