Premiere: “The Windowsill” by Alycia Lang

Sometimes the best songs are the most simple.

When singer-songwriter Alycia Lang moved to Oakland three years ago, it took a while for  her life to settle into a rhythm.

After releasing two EPs and spending years traveling the world, Lang, who grew up singing classical music with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, craved nothing more than stability.

“Everything felt up in the air all the time,” says Lang who is also a lead guitarist, keyboardist, and singer for Trails and Ways. “[But], after a while, I had to face the possibility that maybe that quality runs throughout life.”

One day, while sitting on the floor of her Oakland bedroom, watching “the suspended particles float in and out of the light coming through the window,” and thinking about the variability of life, Lang decided to capture this sentiment in a song.

The result is “The Windowsill,” a mellow, chord-filled single, premiered for the first time on SF Weekly. Lang worked on the indie-folk dittie, which, in addition to acoustic guitar, includes electric guitar and bass, with the help of fellow Oakland musician Nate Salman, who fronts the band Waterstrider with whom Lang used to play. Her capacious voice fills the track, darting in and out between the finger-picked chords and scratchy feedback, making for a haunting, introspective listen.

Lang will hit the road with Trails and Ways for their 25-date tour starting Thursday, Oct. 13. More info here.

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