Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Headless Heroes

For those of you who are familiar with Alela Diane, The Silence of Love will feel both warmly comfortable and a few short steps from what you might expect. While earlier this year she released her latest solo effort, To Be Still, just last week, this album hit shelves, with Alela assuming vocal duties for a group named Headless Heroes. For it, she was recruited to add her voice to an interesting mix of covers.

I say interesting because while some are relatively contemporary (The Jesus & Mary Chain's Just Like Honey and Nick Cave's Nobody's Baby Now) and some are cozily familiar (Jackson C. Frank's Blues Run The Game - best known for the Simon & Garfunkel version), the majority of tracks here are virtual unknowns (any of you familiar with Juicy Lucy or I Am Kloot?). Here's the complete track listing:
1. True Love Will Find You In The End (Daniel Johnston cover)
2. Just One Time (Juicy Lucy cover)
3. Here Before (Vashti Bunyan cover)
4. Just Like Honey (The Jesus & Mary Chain cover)
5. To You (I Am Kloot cover)
6. Blues Run The Game (Simon & Garfunkel cover)
7. Hey, Who Really Cares? (Linda Perhacs cover)
8. Nobody's Baby Now (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds cover)
9. The North Wind Blew South (Philamore Lincoln cover)
10. See My Love (The Gentle Soul cover)
Like I said, a lot of obscure work here that Eddie Bezalel and Hugo Nicolson, the two brains behind the album, probably dug up from their mom's record collection.

While Alele's voice is surely hers here, the instruments behind her are a little different from her solo work. Instead of focusing primarily on acoustic guitar lines, this album mixes things up a bit, varying from her typical folk stylings into more psychedelic and occasionally orchestral veins.

If you're interested in picking up the album, head over to Amie Street, where not only will you get a great price on it ($7 for a digital copy), but also 25% of all sales will benefit Housing Works a New York City community-based not-for-profit organization committed to ending the twin crises of AIDS and homelessness.

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TheMaNiUsedToBe said...

If you ever get a chance to see Alela Diane live, take it. The drums alone will take you into a trance that you will never forget!

great blog :)

Sean said...

Will do.

Thanks for the compliment, hope you enjoy.