Alela Diane – “The Way We Fall”

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“Folk music” can sometimes be used as a pejorative, being that it is probably the genre of music which has most aggressively resisted substantial change. It is also – by virtue of having been derived from the music of ordinary “folk” – not often seen as particularly innovative. But Alela Diane manages to take some pretty rootsy and even country-tinged folk music and put it into the context of modern guitar acts like Torres or Mount Moriah’s Jenk Miller. “The Way We Fall” is a soulfully-inclined piece of delicious pseudo-folk indulgence, with is an enormous turn a few minutes into the song that takes the whole thing from its burly and aggressive opening to someplace more severe and direct and personal.

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