Rough Trade to release Alela Diane's To Be Still Feb. 17

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Alela DianeThe Pirate's GospelBest of What's NextannouncedTo Be Still

Recorded in Nevada City and Portland, Ore., it's a gorgeous sonic expansion of her sparse debut, featuring pedal steel, violin and rustic percussion, with lyrics tangled up in brambles and foxtails and wind-whipped sea cliffs. From the woozy folk flourishes of opener "Dry Grass & Shadows," already road-tested as a bare-bones acoustic gem, to the heart-shattering final track, "Lady Divine," we could ask for nothing more except for maybe the record having been made a little sooner.