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Alela Diane


The video for Alela Diane’s new single ‘Desire’ has arrived! The song was written by Alela and her husband Tom Bevitori who features in the video (he’s the guy strumming on the rooftop, not the drunkard in the bar). “The song is about a woman I know who shall remain anonymous … It’s not about me,” Alela told Spinner. “We shot the video in the Soho area of London. The close-up shots were filmed on a rooftop three roofs down from where Elton John allegedly wrote ‘Your Song’.” The video was directed by Andy Dunn.

Alela Diane Alela Diane 'Desire' Video


Alela Diane Performs In Our Basement 14 November 2011 in Alela Diane

We present you with episode two of our brand new Rough Trade Basement Tapes, starring Alela Diane and her husband Tom Bevitori! Watch them perform ‘Long Way Down’ from their current album ‘Alela Diane & Wild Divine’:

Alela Diane's New Video 'The Wind' 3 November 2011 in Alela Diane

“Life is short and death is a hard act to follow”

Alela Diane’s new video ‘The Wind’ was shot and directed by Jason Reid and Darren Lund and filmed around the lush greens of Portland and the Pacific Northwest, including the dunes of Florence, Oregon. The song is taken from her current album ‘Alela Diane & Wild Divine’ and was written in response to a dear friend of Alela’s being randomly murdered. Alela says: “following the incident I had a series of dreams in which an organ was playing itself – or rather a spirit was playing it, I don’t know. The chorus part was written by Tom (Bevitori, Alela’s husband) years ago, and finally found a home in the verses I wrote – a mysterious collaboration, especially given the circumstances.”

Having played a storming gig at London’s Village Underground last night, Alela will now rejoin her friends Fleet Foxes (with whom she toured the US in July) at the following European dates:

11/5 Bergen, NOR ...


Portland, Oregon singer and songwriter Alela Diane. Hailing from the deep woods and winding rivers of northern California gold rush town nevada city, Alela grew up singing songs with her parents (both musicians), and performing in the school choir. During a stay in San Francisco in 2003, she began teaching herself guitar and writing her first songs, blending tense, trance-like arpeggios, with warm, thick vocals and meditative lyrics about family and nature. Written in response to a loss of home and familiarity, her first album ‘The Pirate’s Gospel’ is a powerful document of personal reevaluation and renewal set against the backdrop of generations past and future, mothers and fathers, life, death, and birth. The songs were composed during a trip to Europe and recorded in her father’s studio in Nevada city. Enchanting and endearing in equal parts, the album won the Rough Trade shops album of the year 2007.

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