New Audio: Alela Diane and Ryan Francesconi’s Gorgeous Duet “The Sun Today”

Currently based in Portland, OR and originally from Nevada City, CA, Alela Diane is critically acclaimed singer/songwriter who has previously released four albums — 2007’s The Pirate’s Gospel, 2009’s To Be Still, 2011’s Wild Divine and 2013’s About Farewell. Diane has recently collaborated with Ryan Francesconi, a Portland, OR-based composer, guitarist, programmer and Balkan musician, who has arranged Joanna Newsom‘s Have One on Me, released two solo albums — Parables and Road to Palios — and recently recored and released a duet album with Mirabai Peart, which was released by renowned indie rock label, Bella Union.

The collaboration between Diane and Francesconi can trace its origins to when the two artists met at a mutual friend’s show last October, and they both individually began talking about how they had been experiencing a profound creative rut. At the time Francesconi had felt he was lacking the inspiration to write more instrumental compositions while Diane was having a difficult time starting a new album after the birth of her daughter.  A few days later, Francesconi asked Diane if she would be interested in collaborating and sent her several recordings of beautiful and intricate guitar compositions. Initially Diane listened to the compositions on repeat and was initially unsure how to sing a note over what she had heard. Eventually, Diane found herself inspired and started writing lyrics and melodies based around Francesconi’s compositions and throughout the Winter of 2014-2015, the duo met up regularly write and revise material. And by the end of the winter, they had enough material to comprise a full length album, Cold Moon, which is slated for an October 16 release through Rusted Blue Records/Believe Recordings.

The album’s first single “The Sun Today” is cinematic yet intimate song comprised of a beautiful string arrangement introduction, classical guitar and ambient and swirling electronics paired with Diane’s husky alto vocals singing deeply introspective lyrics that discuss the passing of time through natural phenomenon, and captures its narrator’s mindset and psyche with a novelist’s attention to detail to craft a song and a sound that stunningly gorgeous and timeless. Certainly, in an age of prepackaged, pre-processed Autotuned pop and sneering cynicism, a song with such simple and gentle beauty and earnestness at its core is a shameful rarity.

Fall Tour Dates

10/17 Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
11/10 Brighton, UK @ Komeda
11/11 London, UK @ Bush Hall
11/12 Canteleu, FR @ Espace Francois Mitterand
11/14 The Hague, NL @ Crossing Borders Festival
11/15 Brussels, BE @ Botanique Orangerie
11/17 Caen, FR @ Big Band Cafe
11/18 Bordeaux, FR @ Rock School Barbey
11/19 San Sebastien, ES @ Intxaurrrundo
11/20 Madrid, ES @ El Sol
11/21 Barcelona, ES @ Festival Musique Sensibles
11/23 Montpellier, FR @ Theatre D’Aurillac
11/24 Paris, FR @ Bouffres Du Nord