New Release & Tour: Alela Diane – Cusp / Émigré

We’re delighted to report that Alela Diane returns with her new album Cusp, the long-awaited follow up to 2013’s critically-acclaimed About Farewell

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 goodness’ sake, don’t write songs about it

Portland, Oregon based singer-songwriter Alela Diane has a problem with that…“This music is about motherhood,” Alela says. “Even just by saying that, it feels like people will write you off. As women, our music is sold based on our sex-appeal. There’s a lack of spaces for women to move into that aren’t based on appearance. Those are conversations I’m interested in having”

Cusp explores the weight and beauty of creating life, with Alela refusing to stray from her perspective as a mother and woman. Haunting first single Émigré was penned in response to the international refugee crisis, triggered by the drowned Syrian toddler who washed up on a Turkish shore

As Alela expands; “I wrote ‘Émigré’ to process the tragedy of the refugee crisis through the lens of motherhood. It was written after I saw the photograph of 3 year old Aylan Kurdi washed up on the beach of Turkey. My own daughter was about his age at the time, and it hit close to home, as it did so many others. The chorus sings: “Seabirds fly the salty wind, North to South – East to West, Can we go, as they go, across the borderlines?”

Take a listen to the new track, alongside the stunning visuals, below…

Cusp is released on 9th February

Alela Diane also plays a handful of UK and Netherlands shows in January, with a full European tour throughout April, including a show at Union Chapel, London…

27 Jan: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (Celtic Connections)
28 Jan: The Mackintosh Church, Glasgow (Celtic Connections)
29 Jan: Vondelkerk, Amsterdam – Netherlands
31 Jan: St. Pancras Old Church, London
12 April: Union Chapel, London
13 April: Vooruit, Gent – Belgium
14 April: Doornroosje, Nijmegen – Netherlands
16 April: Hauskonzerte, Munich – Germany
17 April: Brotfabrik, Frankfurt – Germany
18 April: Heimathafen, Berlin – Germany
19 April: Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg – Germany
21 April: Motel Mozaique, Rotterdam – Netherlands
22 April: Het Zonnehuis, Amsterdam – Netherlands
24 April: Theatre de L’ideal, Tourcoing – France
25 April: Stereolux, Nantes – France
26 April: La Cigale, Paris – France