Briana Marela

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I’m unleashing what’s been tied down in my inbox for many hot summer months. Enjoy.


Stunning video for Briana Marela’s track, “Dani”

As a dancer and someone who knows women who are incredible aerial dancers, this video really struck a chord with me. The strength it takes to do this is completely masked by the absolute grace that comes with this physical strength. This video is beyond perfectly paired with “Dani”, a song about loneliness but finding hope and peace in the fact that no one really is alone. Specifically, it is about a mutual friend of Briana Marela and video’s aerialist, Jody Poth’s who struggled with depression.

Please watch and appreciate:

Jody Poth, the aerialist in the video, says about the song and video:

“I knew instantly that I wanted to collaborate with Briana on this piece; I could see how the nature of the aerial silk would create these artificial limits that a body can push through, just as in life.”

“Dani” is off of Briana Marela’s most recent full length, All Around Us, that was released earlier this summer. Catch her in Europe and New York this fall:

Tour Dates
Tue. Oct. 13 – New York, NY @ Pianos

Thu. Oct. 15 – New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
Fri. Oct. 16 – New York, NY @ Elvis’ Guesthouse
Thu. Nov. 5 – Glasgow, UK @ The Hug & Pint
Sat. Nov. 7 – London, UK @ Hackney Church (Supporting Josh T. Pearson)
Sun. Nov. 8 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen*
Mon. Nov. 9 – Bristol, UK @ The Lantern

Album Review: “All Around Us” – Briana Marela

The record welcomes you with the opening track “Follow It.” It bounces playfully between your ears and beckons you to listen to Briana Marela’s new record, All Around Us. The abrupt ending of “Follow It” leaves you unsatisfied with just one track and before you know it, you’ve listened to the entire album. All Around Us, Briana’s second album, is a collection of pieces crafted by Seattle-native, Briana Marela and produced/recorded by Sigur Rós producer Alex Somers, in Reykjavic, Iceland.

Briana Marela’s musical style has changed drastically since she first picked up an acoustic guitar in high school. Upon leaving Seattle to go to college in Olympia, she turned her musical focus to music technology, audio alterations and more experimental ways of producing interesting sounds that can complement music. Her naturally embedded ability to write music inspired by the misty wilderness of the northwest and the people who live there combined with her education in sound technology and production come together flawlessly in this record. All Around Us is named after a children’s book, each track a picture of her life from the start of her musical career back in 2012 to present.

“Take Care of Me” picks you up gently after the abrupt ending of the opening track, “Follow It.” It is a favorite of mine on this record. The tenderness of this song, appeals to me or anyone who has a delicate heart:

You take care of me like I’m the only one,

You take care of me like I’m someone that matters

“Take Care of Me” is a sweet and honest song about the beauty of true friendships.

“Dani” is the first track on the record to slow the pace. Each song prior to it is upbeat, swinging but “Dani” forces the listener to take a step back. The rich strings are woven through this track, push a level of sadness that is picked back up by the chorus. Despite the melancholy melody of “Dani”, the lyrics are uplifting:

Dani, you’re not the only one lonely, tonight.

You’re strong if you remember to lift what weighs you down and escape.

 At first listen, I thought “Dani” was only a sad song, one that was difficult for me to listen to if I was feeling down. But, after spending more time with it, I understand what it’s about and it is beautiful.

All Around Us is speckled with other sonic gems like “Surrender”, the first track Briana used vocal looping on in her career, and “All Around Us”, a song written about someone who left her life abruptly, before she could say goodbye.

The closing track, “Further”, is a 7 minute journey through the wet and foggy woods of the Northwest. Her airy vocals sound like fresh, cool air, echoing in the cathedral of your mind. “Further” is a masterpiece that brings the record to an epically exquisite close.

All Around Us is out now on Jagjaguwar.

Stream Briana Marela’s newest record!

Briana Marela just released a new single and now she’s allowing us to stream her new record, All Around Us, until it’s release August 21st. Now I won’t be alone in knowing how truly beautiful this piece of work is. Listen below and read a short interview she did with Noisey:

For even more inspiration, check out her recent performance on KEXP:

New single from Briana Marela: “Take Care Of Me”

You may recognize Briana Marela’s name because I posted when she released her first single, “Surrender”. She released another track off of her upcoming record, All Around Us, which is due out August 21st on Jagjaguwar.

“Take Care Of Me” is a track about just what the title says it is. Have a listen:

This is her second record and I’ve had the pleasure of listening to it in it’s entirety several times. It was a collaboration with Sigur Ros’ Alex Somers who is given credit for production. It’s a masterpiece collection of sweet, foggy tunes that sound like they were recorded in the wet forests of the West coast, where she’s from.

She’ll be touring this fall with Jenny Hval (whom just released a record this summer). 

Fri. Aug. 14 – Rochester, WA @ Helsing Junction Festival
Thu. Aug. 20 – Sun. Aug. 23 – Brecon Beacons, UK @ Green Man Festival
Tue. Aug. 25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel *
Thu. Aug. 27 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
Fri. Aug. 28 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt *
Sat. Aug. 29 – Seattle, WA  @ Barboza *
Tue. Sep. 1 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry *
Wed. Sep. 2 – Iowa City, IA @ The Mill *
Thu. Sep. 3 – Chicago, IL @ Constellation *
Fri. Sep. 4 – Toronto, ON @ Drake *
Sat. Sep. 5 – Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz *
Sun. Sep. 6 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade *
Tue. Sep. 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle *
Wed. Sep. 9 – Washington, DC @ DC9 *
Fri. Sep. 11 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *
Mon. Sep. 14 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
Wed. Sep. 16 – Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain *
Thu. Sep. 17 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
Sat. Sep. 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
Sun. Sep. 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy *

* w/ Jenny Hval

Featured Image credit: Juliet Orbach

“Surrender”, a taste from Briana Marela’s upcoming album.

Powerful, echoing, cavernous, subtle, complex…It’s difficult to describe Briana Marela’s sound in a way that fully represents and covers her style. Briana Marela is a native of Washington state and a natural music-maker, writing melodies before she even touched an instrument.

The first single, “Surrender”, off of her sophomore album, ‘All Around Us’, was released yesterday.If it is any indication of what is to come and with a master of a team behind her, including Alex Somers who produces for Sigur Rós and the Icelandic group, Amiina on strings, it is going to be a wonder of a record:

You can pre-order “All Around Us” on iTunes now and the album will be released in its entirety August 21st on Jagjaguwar. Keep in mind, this is the same label that brought us Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten, both featured in my girl power post from a few months ago.

Featured photo credit: Lucinda Roanoke