Some artists you just know are going to completely break out. It can be their style, their impeccable vocal range, or what everyone and their mother refer to as the "it factor." All of these generalities I'm spewing at you apply to rising singer/songwriter LP. LP isn't just a singer/songwriter -- she's a true artist and by the time you finish reading and watching this, she'll already be too big for this post.
Chances are you've heard LP's pipes before --- at least her magic whistling (suck it, Snow White dwarves.) Her song "Into the Wild" has been played on the wildly popular (and overplayed) Citibank commercial with a female rock climber. You know exactly what I'm talking about - don't you? It's the one where the climber is standing atop a rock when all of a sudden music turns up and a golden voice unleashes the line "Somebody Left the Gate Open." See, you already have one of her songs -- in this case "Into the Wild" -- in your head.
Earlier this month, the down-to-earth Bob Dylan-doppleganger budding star, who just dropped an EP "Into the Wild: Live At EastWest Studios," performed that song with her ukulele on "A-Sides" at the Primary Wave Music Listening Room in NYC and sat down for a chat. Before you watch it, you should know LP's music didn't just come out of the blue. She's written for other artists for years.
In any event, catch her at Lollapalooza in August, and await her full-length album which she's currently working on.
Watch. Listen. Love.
"Into the Wild" Live
Interview Part 1
Interview Part 2
About A-Sides with Jon Chattman
Jon Chattman's music series features artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometimes humorous) way. No bells, no whistles -- just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, I'm hoping this is refreshing.