I had the pleasure of seeing Alela Diane whilst in France, she performed at L’Observatoire in Cergy, on the north west edge of Paris. It is a small venue and Alela brought in a good crowd.
She has a wonderful soulful country sound – if that genre even exists. If I were to compare her, to try to give you an idea of what she is like, I would say she sounds like a folky Regina Spektor with elements of Bic Runga and an echo of Florence from Florence and the Machine.
Alela is a solo musician who plays a guitar, she has an elegance to the way she plays. You barely notice her hands move and yet it sounds as though there is more than one person playing. Who needs a looper, her fingers are so dexterous.
Originally from California, her songs are in English. Which seemed a little strange however the support act, who were French, sung in a mixture of English and French and this seems quite normal. Alela’s songs cover a broad spectrum of topics but all seem very personal in their message and are often moving to listen to.