Alameda: A Violence
Founded by singer/guitarist Stirling Myles and cellist Jessie Dettweiler, Alameda is a four-piece folk-rock band out of Portland, Oregon – but instead of allying with the obvious of whatever that means, they carry connotation like a suggestion, are built of accents and colloquialisms from every corner of the country. To call them folk-rock is only short-hand; they’re assembled in layers, in quilts to burrow under when it’s cold. They sound like pine needles smell—or taste—gin-tinged and airy, never from one place in particular, or one region at any one time, but tactilely nomadic. This means that were the band to take some time to talk—which they’d do—and if you were to ask—which you might—where it was they called home, when they answered you’d just be all like “OK, that makes sense,” and instantly imagine them there, in that space, playing this music that sounds made of sap and dirt and sweet liquor and worn leather and whatever else perfumiers aspire to nowadays.
Fortunate Vices is Alameda’s third full-length record, but its first with drummer Barra Brown and guitarist Phil Nelson. In other words, there is newness here, the record bred on the restless energy of a group of musicians not so much compelled to tell you something important, but intrigued at how change can be woven into the folds and fabric of what Alameda has already established itself to be. It’s a good thing, too. These songs narrate a metamorphosis, a series of experiences that, taken separately, might seem like disjointed events, but reviewed in sequence become a revelation.
The album officially releases tomorrow 3/4/16!