If you’re a fan of indie rock in the bay area, chances are you’ve heard and appreciated the vocal contributions of Alycia Lang without even realizing it. Whether providing lush vocals and instrumentation in Bay Area favorite, Waterstrider, or sneaking in vocal cameos in any number of other bay area bands, she’s been lending her talents to projects since 2013 when when she re-emerged from a 3-year hiatus and landed in the vibrant music and art scene in Oakland.
After years singing classical music with the San Francisco Conservatory Of Music in her youth, her early recordings earned her praise from several notable producers and artists (including iconic singer-songwriter Donovan), which lead to the creation of her debut album in 2006 in the UK. In the years that followed, Alycia found herself writing original material for the first time and collaborating with Grammy Award winning producers, writers, and engineers to create two EPs of original music which were released in 2008 and 2011.
In part, due to her eclectic musical career, Alycia’s music now lands at the unlikely intersection of alternative folk, pop, jazz and indie rock, a combination which has earned her comparisons to artists like Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones and Justin Vernon. Driven by soaring vocals, yet centered around mindfully crafted lyrics, her music creates a synergy that is strikingly emotive, insidiously catchy and achingly poignant.
In 2011, in a dramatic departure from her musical past, Alycia wiped the slate clean by taking almost all of her music offline and going on a 3 year hiatus to focus on her visual art. Now, in a return to her musical roots, where the human voice and the words it carries reign, she plans to present new recorded material in late 2016/early 2017 that will surely have the influence of her eclectic musical past woven in its threads.
You can find her this fall performing as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist with Trails and Ways on their North American Tour.