ALELA DIANE Cusp LP Vinyl NEW 2018
Moves Us Blind
Song for Sandy
Ether & Wood
Wild Ceaseless Song
Alela Diane returns with new album Cusp, the long-awaited follow up to 2013â€™s critically-acclaimed About Farewell (AllPoints, formerly Believe Recordings). Whilst both albums could be described as born of love, Cusp is perhaps love at its purest, and most complex - for in music, one of the most transformative experiences a woman can have is also an unspoken artistic taboo: Have a baby if you must. But for goodnessâ€™ sake, donâ€™t write songs about it. Portland, Oregon based singer-songwriter Alela Diane has a problem with that.
â€œThis music is about motherhood,â€ Alela says of Cusp. â€œEven just by saying that, it feels like people will write you off. As women, our music is sold based on our sex-appeal. Thereâ€™s a lack of spaces for women to move into that arenâ€™t based on appearance. Those are conversations Iâ€™m interested in having.â€
Cusp was written in January 2016 in a small cabin deep within snowy woods where Alela resided during a three-week artist residency at Caldera, Oregan, alone for the first time since becoming a mother. A broken thumbnail resulted in Alelaâ€™s signature finger-plucking being replaced by songwriting on a grand piano, resulting in the most piano driven album of her career, fueled by that energy that only comes with facing and falling in love with something new.