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"Back in August, MOKB premiered Alameda's Oaxaca, a single off their second full-length Procession which has since dropped on September 15th via False Migration, the label owned by core member/guitarist/vocalist Stirling Myles. Whereas their first album Seasons/Specters was filled with sweetness, hope and light, this LP finds these Portland, Oregon-dwelling chamber-folkies rambling down a deeper, darker path. And it’s a good thing. The first track Colfax sets the tone with its ominous, pensive air; followed by the meditative and melancholic dissonance of Swollen Light and Slow Beginnings. The album also displays a bit more cheek and pluck this time around as evidenced by the friskily frantic Summer Dharma, the playful, banjo-led, toe-tapper Limbs of Youth and the ever-gentle swing behind the sparsely gorgeous Low Oriole. The album ends with the darkly strummy dirge Winter Dharma, where Myles’ vocals sound toastier and sexier than ever, like a warm snifter of finely-aged cognac on a chilly winter night." - My Old Kentucky Blog

"Now a quintet bearing a new LP, they have truly evolved their brand of heartfelt Americana, deepening the lushness and musicality that accompanies their hardscrabble vocals. True to its name, “Slow Beginnings” has a somber start that unfolds into a humble orchestra of piano keys, backing songstresses and nimble guitars." - RCRD LBL

Portland (by way of Denver) band Alameda releases their second album September 15th in Procession, a lush but also spacious collection of songs from the quintet that manages to up the ante over what was a solid debut in Seasons/Specters. That it also comes in the still early stages of frontman Stirling Myles' development as a singer and songwriter (he played bass along with cellist and fellow Alamedan Jessie Dettwiler in the now defunct Strangers Die Every Day) perhaps makes it all the more impressive. Stream Procession in its entirety below. - OPBMusic

"If Alameda hasn’t already won you over with their soft-spoken singing and moving crescendos, then now could not be a better time to check them out. Their second album, Procession, is set to be released on September 15th and with it the band is revealing the next step in their musical progression. The album overflows with emotion, which is expressed as much by the moments of minimal guitar melodies, as it by the cascades of strings and brass that add the power of an orchestra to Alameda’s folk ballads. The delicate balance between these two sides of Alameda is what makes the album so effective in its presentation and so moving." - The Deli Portland

Well friends, Alameda are back with a handful of new singles off their upcoming sophomore album, Procession, due out Sept 15 via False Migration. Don’t you just love when a fresh, new group follows up with an album the very next year? Of the three tracks being sampled on the interwebs, none will disappoint. Colfax immediately reminds me of how I became hooked on Alameda to begin with. Stirling Myles voice carries the beautifully strained instrumentals across deep harmonizations. I’ve said it before, this band sounds like they’ve been at this for years. I’m still amazed at the maturity in which their sound is delivered. - Rarity in Form

Procession, the second album from local chamber-folk outfit Alameda, has its sights aimed square at the lush, devastatingly beautiful terrain mapped out by other, equally lush, equally devastatingly beautiful local chamber-folk outfits (like Horse Feathers). So it's a good thing singer/guitarist Stirling Myles has a firm, capable songwriting hand, resulting in stirring tracks like "Limbs of Youth," which cultivates a tiny whirlwind within quick, circling melodic phrases. Or the fiery "Oaxaca," which augments Alameda's gossamer-winged frailty with glowing-ember electric guitar and knee-knock drums. Procession is a record of subtle pleasures, but its beauty is as natural and undeniable as that of a scenic landscape. - Portland Mercury

[CHAMBER FOLK] As easy as it is to poke fun at Portland's oft-toothless acoustic folk-pop scene, any local music watchers who are really paying attention usually run out of fingers to count exceptions on. Were you to strip Alameda's new record, Procession, down to Stirling Myles' guitar and voice—one earthy and raspy enough that he could probably do a damn good Eddie Vedder if he wanted to—I'm not sure the resulting collection would rise above Portland's quiet but relentless orchestra of singer-songwriter fare on first listen. But Procession (unsurprisingly, produced by Point Juncture, WA's, Skyler Norwood at his Miracle Lake studio) is immaculately orchestrated in a way that not only grabs attention but underscores the finer points of Myles' punchy poetry. That helps put the band on at least one of those aforementioned "exceptions" lists: mine. - Willamette Week