Leah Senior in Leeds
Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
Wednesday 6th February 2019, £6.00
Leah Senior silences audiences with her other-worldly presence and unique lyricism. Her breakthrough album Pretty Faces twirls gently in its own form of psych-folk revival. The Melbourne-based folk artist creates fragile but effortlessly nimble melodies that demonstrate a clarity of thought and studied discipline beyond her years. Her songs evoke the familiar and the peculiar, the poetic and the plain.
Pretty Faces sat proudly on the Flightless Records roster of 2017 and her distinctive voice also featured on King Gizzard's apocalyptic album Murder of The Universe, as the omnipresent female narrator.
"Leah Senior is an amazing folk singer, very, very talented, and nothing like King Gizz's music at all. her songs equally terrifying, joyous, sad and exciting. We get chills watching her perform" - King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard.
The album Pretty Faces is an exploration of personal liberation acquired through loss and the breaking of expectations on oneself. The songs embody a sense of outsider freedom epitomised in the last track Loser You're a loser like me, pay the price for feeling free.
A chance late night encounter with King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard saw Leah Senior joining their independent label Flightless to release her first album Summer's On The Ground.
Leah Senior's first album "Summer's On The Ground" reveals a haunting and intimate storyteller, Rolling Stone giving the album four stars, saying this is insular music, akin to eavesdropping on someone else's prettily conveyed thoughts. The album was also nominated for the Australian Music Prize as well as Best Folk and Roots Album for the Age Victoria Music Awards..
A folk island in a sea of psychedelia has proven to be a good fit for Senior. She joined the Flightless crew for the Gizzfest Tour 2017. Pretty Faces was recorded and produced with Gizzard's own Joey Walker and features Michael Cavanagh on drums.
Leah Senior has performed extensively throughout Australia playing at major festivals including Golden Plains, Queenscliff Music Festival, Bigsound, Waverock, and Fairgrounds.
Her captivating live performances have seen her supporting international artists including Calexico, Jessica Pratt, Moses Sumney, Julianna Barwick and more. When playing live, Leah is joined by her sister and her partner, creating a tapestry of ethereal harmonies and jangley 60s guitar sounds.
Leah Senior is currently recording her third album and is set to release new music late 2018.
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