After being named a TED Global Fellow in 2009, Meklit cut her teeth on her 2010 debut, On A Day Like This… Folk and jazz strains served as a foundation for her elegant songwriting, setting her off onto a world tour before settling back into her San Francisco home for a number of collaborations. First she crooned sweet harmonies behind hip-hop project Copperwire’s Earthbound, and then returned to her more soulful roots alongside Oakland artist Quinn DeVeaux on 2012’s Meklit & Quinn. The latter included ingenious covers of such artists as Arcade Fire, Stevie Wonder, Talking Heads, MGMT, Lou Reed and Sam Cooke.

Meklit canvases a wide range of sounds on her most inventive album to date, We Are Alive (Six Degrees Records). The album’s thirteen songs run the stylistic gamut. In order to capture the spontaneous magic of classic recording sessions the album was tracked entirely onto tape. Producer Eli Crews (tUnE-yArDs, Deerhoof, Geographer) helped guide the album’s spirit of innovation and sonic dexterity. A few special guests emerge: famed author Walter Mosley penned the album’s liner notes.

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