Alameda is a new orchestrated folk outfit based in Portland. The band consists of Stirling Myles (guitar/vocals), Jessie Dettwiler (cello) and Jenn Woodall (clarinet). I gave their first LP, Seasons/Spectres, a good listen and it lines up pretty nicely against many of my favorites from 2010: The Head & The Heart, Hey Marseilles, Seabear, The Migrant. Alameda, however, lacks some of the pop traits of their contemporaries for a heavier (and quite refreshing) emphasis on folk. We here at FensePost are just delighted to premiere their new song “Silver Hands”.
“Silver Hands” is a pleasant folk tune with Myles’s solid vocal styling backed by a consistent guitar pluck and hauntingly beautiful orchestration. This is, most excellently, precisely what you can expect from the entirety of Seasons/Spectre. Although three, the band does include collaborators who fill out the orchestration; they hail from bands as cherished as Horse Feathers and Builders And The Butchers, among others. “Silver Hands” is only one of many highlights from the new album. Others include “Floating Hospital”, “Denver” and “Flowers Bending Through Floorboards”.
Look for Seasons/Spectres at your local record store.
Download: “Silver Hands” by Alameda