Leverage Models, the pen name behind producer Shannon Fields “and friends”, have an upcoming LP due out October 1. It features the likes of Yeasayer and LCD Soundsystem folks, plus Sharon Van Etten. Allow us to incontestably prove why you should be excited as hell.
‘Sweep’ is an inspiring, uplifting song featuring violins, an urgently strummed guitar, jungle-y drums, and a soaring chorus filled with ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’-esque synths. The churchy handbells add a beautiful touch too, giving the tune the feel of wintertime in Brooklyn. Leverage Models have the uncanny ability to go from complex sonic tapestries to arrestingly sparse arrangements in seconds flat.
But enough jibber-jabber. Listen below:
Sister Sister… Sister? Damn straight. HAIM are your new favorite band, mostly because they sound like a super-amped up mix of all of your OTHER favorite bands. The LA trio of sisters have cut their teeth for a while, from playing with the rest of their family to playing with Jenny Lewis or Julian Casablancas to playing huge overseas festivals. And they aren’t your run of the mill indie princess whatevers. Take a listen:
That was AMAZING, right?! Somehow they’ve perfected this formula: 70s pop a la Fleetwood Mac + 80s keyboard schtick a la Pat Benatar + 90s R&B a la Destiny’s Child = HAIM. All the while they dress like Girls characters but don’t make you vaguely uncomfortable in the process. Bottom line, these women get harmonies, they get rhythms, they get aesthetic, and they sound like no one else out there. And here’s the kicker: their debut album doesn’t come out until September 30th. Mark your calendars, folks.
When people cover The Boss, the majority somehow trend toward ‘I’m On Fire’. And with good reason: it’s a hauntingly bare ballad about being in love with someone you can’t have, and it stands out against Springsteen’s other, super-amped up rockers. It’s easy to tire of all the reinterpretations, but hear us out.
KaiL Baxley keeps the essence of the song’s train-a-rollin’ rhythm in his slowed down guitar acoustics, but replaces the ghostly synth melody with a heavily reverbed pedal steel. It could almost be a different song, but for Baxley’s freakish vocal resemblance to Springsteen.
The cover takes on a western campfire vibe, and the unbeatable acoustics at Hollywood Studio let you hear everything, from Baxley’s breaths between verses to those squeaking noise the guitar strings make when he changes chords. It all makes the song that much more human – a difficult feat.
KaiL Baxley will be performing at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, tomorrow night, September 12th.