Through relentless touring and a consistent battery of television features, L.A.-based indie Shane Alexander’s songs have reached millions of listeners worldwide since his debut in 2005. This April, he’ll release Ladera - his fifth full-length album.
On the new record, themes of nostalgia, coming-of-age, and spirituality are intertwined against a sonic backdrop that feels both modern and classic at the same time. Alexander’s blend of folk, pop, and psychedelia calls to mind the subtle beauty of Simon & Garfunkel’s Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme and Pink Floyd’s Meddle, as well as contemporary classics like Beck’s Sea Change. The fourth collaboration with Grammy-nominated producer Billy Mohler (Lenka, Drowning Men, Gustavo Galindo), the new project highlights both Alexander’s inventive approaches to the acoustic guitar and his pristine, melancholic tenor. While Alexander and Mohler performed the majority of the instruments on Ladera, Peter Adams (Ricki Lee Jones, Michael Penn, Tears for Fears) contributed additional keyboards and ambient textures, and Jesse Siebenberg (Lissie, A Fine Frenzy, Supertramp) added the lush lap steel that ties the album together.
"I've used L.R. Baggs pickups and DI's for years. What can I say? They're fantastic! I use the iMix with Element and iBeam in all of my touring guitars. The Baggs system has a completely natural amplified sound. I swore by the Para Acoustic DI until the Venue came out!"
The lyrics on Ladera pick up where 2010’s Mono Solo left off - unapologetic in their honesty, with an ability to leave the listener contemplating their own life’s story and shortcomings. The album’s opener “One So Young,” an ode to the deep chasm between teenage angst and becoming what is expected of us, paints a picture of a young man “trying (his) best to move through the night and walking the line of darkness and light.” In “Low,” a song about a near-fatal overdose of a close friend, the jagged lyrics go straight for the jugular, while a tense kick drum drives the point home. The sublime hometown tribute “Skyway Drive-In” depicts a vivid portrait of the Pennsylvania town where Alexander grew up -“We had small town in our bloodstreams, wild horses in our hearts...and no one knows you like those from your start.”
Since The Middle Way (2005), Alexander has toured the U.S. constantly and Europe over a dozen times.Having been fortunate enough to land many major tours with as disparate acts as Seal, Bon Iver, Suzanne Vega, Jewel, and Styx - Alexander has performed on many of the most legendary stages in the world: Red Rocks, The Greek Theatre, Bethel Woods, Jones Beach Amphitheater, and The Paradiso in Amsterdam. Songs from his impressive catalog have been licensed for over 80 television shows and films.
In 2012 The Greater Good, a self-titled acoustic album featuring Shane Alexander, Dutch-artist Dennis Kolen, and New Yorker Eugene Ruffolo, was released on the German label Stockfisch Records. The debut record and subsequent tour received rave reviews across western Europe with the single “Nowhere Fast” (written by Alexander and Jeremy Silver) helping lead the way. Also in 2012, Alexander partnered with Tony Award-nominated director Larry Carpenter to begin work on a new musical - written by Carpenter with songs written by Alexander. The project is currently in pre-production in Los Angeles.
Following the release of Ladera in spring 2013, Shane Alexander will tour the U.S. and Europe.