Alameda – Tickets – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR – January 22nd, 2017


Album Release Party for Portland Indie-Folk group


Bryson Cone, Dan Dan

January, 22nd, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Alameda is a four-piece folk-rock band out of Portland, Oregon - but instead of allying with the obvious of whatever that means, they carry connotation like a suggestion, are built of accents and colloquialisms from every corner of the country. To call them folk-rock is only short-hand; they’re assembled in layers, in quilts to burrow under when it’s cold. They sound like pine needles smell—or taste—gin-tinged and airy, never from one place in particular, or one region at any one time, but tactilely nomadic. This means that were the band to take some time to talk—which they’d do—and if you were to ask—which you might—where it was they called home, when they answered you’d just be all like “OK, that makes sense,” and instantly imagine them there, in that space, playing this music that sounds made of sap and dirt and sweet liquor and worn leather and whatever else perfumiers aspire to nowadays.

Founded by singer/guitarist Stirling Myles and cellist Jessie Dettweiler, now complemented by Barra Brown on drums and Phil Nelson on electric guitar, Alameda has grown to be this way like so many Douglas firs: patiently watching what surrounds them, allowing influences to collect on their instruments like mossy halos, or halogen glows. Myles’ songwriting, and the band’s arrangements, owe equally to Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Deer Tick as to Iron and Wine and Sufjan Stevens - the line blurs between rhythm and melody, each chord a universe unto itself, each beat a vast space in which the cello and electric guitar find one another amongst an inky breadth of possibilities.

Fortunate Vices is Alameda’s third full-length record, but its first with Brown and Nelson. In other words, there is newness here, the record bred on the restless energy of a group of musicians not so much compelled to tell you something important, but intrigued at how change can be woven into the folds and fabric of what Alameda has already established itself to be. It’s a good thing, too. These songs narrate a metamorphosis, a series of experiences that, taken separately, might seem like disjointed events, but reviewed in sequence become a revelation.

Their sound is both restless and content, mannered but shaggy, a contradiction of terms but without ramifications. Duality. Because, does folk ever truly rock? A hyphenate is just an excuse, a way for the electric guitar to commingle happily with a cello, one not so much disrupting the other but just gently rubbing the membrane of one warmly against the other’s until they slip calmly together under the covers and rise early the next morning with a Venn diagram that best describes what Alameda’s music actually represents.
Bryson Cone
Bryson Cone
Bryson Cone / Fog Father
Dan Dan
A trio consisting of spacey, densely-layered synth riffs accompanied by live drums, Dan Dan has been called 'soundtrack-y prog' or 'ambient jam synth' among other things. With a wide variety of influences, Dan Dan manages to forge a sound somewhere between the robotic and the psychedelic while keeping a high level of energy.