Alison May is a folk singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who has been performing, writing and recording out of Oakland, CA since relocating from Texas in 2012. Her change of scenery seemed to awaken a more layered and complex side of her approach which is carefully captured in her sophomore release, Loved/Dark. The album is set for an updated July 29 release date on Misery Loves Co. and yesterday the video for the album single Raft hit The WILD Mag. The double-exposed video captures a real life slice of Alison’s day to day on the rougher edges of the Oakland CA warehouse district and the DIY vibe that permeates her perspective. She’s also announced her album release show for July 29 at Awaken Cafe in Oakland.
Alison started tracking without any prepared arrangements and instead opted to let each track speak through experimentation. Ultimately she found the right instrumentations, making Loved/Dark the result of patient layering and wild guesses as to what would fulfil the potential of each song. The album includes guests George Weber (vibraphone), whose mysterious bowing techniques are notable in both Raft and other album cut, My Own Good. Alison’s debut album, Earnest Keep, worked without any bass parts but Loved/Dark needed a touch of girth from the presence and playing of Michael Jude. The patience of producer/engineer Jeff Price (ex-Mornin’ Old Sport) was perhaps the greatest contribution to the record, rolling with the punches and staying in the moments of additions, subtractions or reversed decisions throughout the process.
Loved/Dark is a reflection of Alison’s ability to not only grow as a songwriter and performer but also as a storyteller and explorer. Pre-order the album here.