Monday, October 1, 2012

Eleven PDX Names Alameda "One Of The True Gems" of Portland!

"One of the nicer trends in the music boom as of late has been the returned attention to musicianship. This attention comes in the form of complex song structures and layered, impeccable instrumentals.

Alameda, the self-described "chamber-folk collective," is a fine example of exactly these things. Their newest release, Procession, takes both the "chamber" and the "folk" to heart.  The string work by cellist Jessie Dettwiler is nuanced and grounded, lending an element of continuity throughout the album that exemplifies the soulful restraint that is Alameda's hallmark. Stirling Myles' vocal work fits perfectly in to the album's humanistic ethos, and his finger picking ensures that the music never becomes too precious, rooting firmly in the "folk" element that propels each track." Pick up the latest issue of Eleven PDX out now.

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