I saw this weekend that Pitchfork had recently put up Alela Diane’s new video to “White As Diamonds”, the single for her upcoming LP To Be Still. If you haven’t heard of Alela Diane before, you soon will–the new album is already receiving plenty of acclaim and her blog-stock is rising just the same. She has a rich, soulful voice much like She & Him’s Zooey Deschanel, but it’s her songcraft that sets her apart from contemporaries. Both lyrically and musically she sounds much like Fleet Foxes. But Diane draws heavily from the English folk sound, and even “White As Diamonds” sounds as if folk-legend Sandy Denny could have sung it in Fairport Convention. Make no mistake about it though, this album has a West Coast country groove complete with a fiddle and steel-guitar.
Alela Diane’s new video fits right into the pastoral feel of “White As Diamonds”. See it at Pitchfork.tv.
I’m trying to figure out why videos aren’t embedding on the site, so until I do, please be patient.