Today Alela Diane releases her soulful and brilliant new single “Ether & Wood“, alongside its poignant accompanying video directed by Michael Palmieri. “Ether & Wood” is taken from Alela Diane’s forthcoming long-player Cusp, out on February 9 via AllPoints, which is an album about motherhood, and in turn womanhood.
Watch the video below.
“I hope that by exploring motherhood in song, I can help demand respect for the life givers we are. Talking and singing about the experience of motherhood is not something I can shy away from. It is the essence of who we are as human beings. This album is my version of women’s work.”
Whilst the first single to be released from Cusp, “Émigré” was a direct response to the international refugee crisis, penned after seeing images of the Syrian toddler washed up on the beach, “Ether & Wood” is a more existential look at the journey of life, as Alela explains:
“‘Ether & Wood’ is a reflection on the different lives that are lived within a lifetime. The doors along the way that often open and close without notice. I live in a very old house, and love thinking about all the people who lived and died within these walls. We’re all in there: the former selves, the lost loves, and the mysterious ones who came before.”
“Ether & Woods” was recorded at Flora Playback by John Morgan Askew and produced by Peter M. Murray and mixed by Noah Georgeson.
Alela plays three shows in London and Glasgow this month, and returns to the UK in April to headline Union Chapel, London (with support from Olivia Chaney). The latter London show is part of a worldwide tour taking in many European cities and with newly announced US shows.