Nevada City, Calif. singer/songwriter Alela Diane
released her first album, The Pirate's Gospel
, in 2006. Two years later, its haunting folk still lingered enough to land her a spot among the Best of What's Next
, but we couldn't be happier that Rough Trade, which signed Alela this fall, has finally announced
the release of her second LP, To Be Still
, coming Feb. 17, 2009.
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.