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Alameda – Colfax

Alameda, Colfax, Procession, Alameda the band, Oaxaca, Stirling Myles

Over a year ago, Rarity In Form kicked things off by introducing a mesmerizing new act out of Portland with the first post. To my amateur surprise, that first post received a personal email from the band, a RT and Facebook share. Talk about making a fan for life. That band was Alameda and their debut album Seasons / Spectres went on to be a smash hit within the indie-folk circles and beyond.

Well friends, Alameda are back with a handful of new singles off their upcoming sophomore album, Procession, due out Sept 15 via False Migration. Don’t you just love when a fresh, new group follows up with an album the very next year? Of the three tracks being sampled on the interwebs, none will disappoint. Colfax immediately reminds me of how I became hooked on Alameda to begin with. Stirling Myles voice carries the beautifully strained instrumentals across deep harmonizations. I’ve said it before, this band sounds like they’ve been at this for years. I’m still amazed at the maturity in which their sound is delivered.

The success of S/S has allowed Alameda to finally venture away from the west coast and embark on a nationwide tour. They will be playing at The Black Squirrel in DC on Sept 23. I absolutely love this place for the craft beer selection, no idea they hosted shows. Can’t wait! In the meantime, enjoy another single, Oaxaca, hosted over at My Old Kentucky Blog.


Album Review of the Week: Alameda – Seasons/Spectres

Seasons/Spectres is the debut album from Portland based Indie folk trio, Alameda. Stirling Myles spits the lyrics and supplies the guitar. Jesse Dettwiler joins as cellist and Jennifer Woodall completes the trio on orchestra clarinet. If there is a template for introducing yourself to the music world, Alameda has done everything right. Seasons/Spectres is a brilliant fold of perfect harmonies, quiet instrumentals, and enchanting lyrics delivered with conviction by Myles. With this album’s simplicity is an understated complexity that bursts to the surface at the perfect moments.

Ever since I heard the first single from Alameda, New Leaf, I’ve been waiting for and wanting these tracks to make this album. Ohh baby, it doesn’t disappoint. New Leaf is intro’d with banjo plucking that hooks you immediately. The banjo returns throughout and is joined by layered instrumentals. Only to be abruptly interrupted by Myles hauntingly, tranquilizing voice. Every time I listen to this song, I get something more out of it…funny because I’m always left wanting more.

Alameda — New Leaf from Joshua Jay Elliott on Vimeo.

Floating Hospital is the lead track for S/S. It has everything you would want in a first song; all members are introduced playing to their strengths and the listener is immediately set on the progression for the songs to come.

Seasons/Spectres is a stirring, beautiful album that fully embodies Spring and everything to come. I hope Alameda is around for some time. Take a listen and tell me what you think. Enjoy.

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