Alela Diane | Looking Glass Review
by Bea Willis
Alela Diane is an American Singer-Songwriter who has just released her sparkling sixth studio album, Looking Glass. The album is named after the energy of Lewis Carroll’s 1871 novel ‘Alice Through the Looking-Glass’ which is inspired by creating a space where the opposite of what is normal or expected and the meaning of simply viewing reflections. “So much of our reality has been distorted through an unexpected lens,” said Diane, “In the album’s context, Looking Glass refers to both meanings. It is a portal to past and future, and a reflection on all that lies between.” It is particularly prescient in these current times, particularly after the pandemic, where Diane reflects, “The rug was pulled out. We’ve leaned on memory, been caught behind the fishbowl of our own homes — waving at a friend through the glass. A cellphone screen — a zoom meeting — the digital rabbit hole left behind by those who have passed on or simply drifted out of our lives.”
“Paloma” focuses on a set of stirring lyrics augmented by a catchy guitar figure, a light drum beat, and a growing melody that will spin in your mind’s ear for hours. The recording sets a tone of warmth and comfort and her vocals are rich in textures and sonics.
Diane’s music is textured with Americana, indie-folk, and rock. “When We Believed” is a fine example of this combination. Diane’s vocals float above acoustic guitars. Her lyrics are contemplative, and her melodies are unique.
Alela Diane has created a beautiful soundscape rooted in flowing organic music on Looking Glass that seems to refresh the soul as much as it stimulates the aural senses with waves of nurturing textures. The music has a theme of nature, natural emotions, and simple feelings that bring the mind to a place of com that you would not expect, yet the unexpected effect.
Release Date: October 14, 2022
About the author
With an unwavering passion for music that began at the tender age of five, I embarked on a journey of self-expression through the piano, later expanding my repertoire to the guitar and the art of singing. As a seasoned performer in cozy coffee shops and harmonious choir ensembles, I've immersed myself in the diverse tapestry of musical genres, seeking to uncover the intricate qualities that strike a chord within our souls.
Beyond my personal experiences, my journalistic pursuits have led me to explore the stories and inspirations behind the melodies we hold dear. As a music journalist, I aim to delve into the heart of each composition, shedding light on the creative minds that have shaped the soundscape of our lives.
In my downtime, you can find me serenading my loyal canine companion with heartfelt tunes on the guitar or indulging in retail therapy to enhance my ever-growing wardrobe. Songwriting holds a special place in my heart, and I yearn for the day when I can share my creative talents with the world. Until then, my passion for uncovering the emotional power within music continues to drive my insightful reviews and analyses, as I journey through the rich landscape of melodies that move us.