It’s not very uncommon for someone to hand me an album at someone else’s live show. It happened at JD Webb’s show in Solana Beach, CA. His tour management walked up to me and asked me if I could give this album a spin. Thank goodness I opened it and listened because it’s fabulous!! It’s Indie Pop and it has cleansed my musical palate.
The album is Avalanche and her name is Leah Andreone. Avalanche marks Leah’s third album, but this one was released independently (the best way). She was raised in San Diego, CA and currently resides in Los Angeles. In my book Avalanche is a must have in your Indie Pop catalog. Don’t believe me? Check the tracks from the album out here.
The album ranges from the lullaby of “I’m Here” to the bass driven power pop song “Never Stop Trying.” You can see the video here. My favorites are “Never Stop Trying” and “A Poet Should Be Sitting Here.” Both songs are uplifting to say the very least. Never Stop Trying is Leah’s first single off the album. It’s pretty obvious why. It’s a toe tapping song that you will find yourself singing to in the office. Well, I know that’s what happened to me. It’s a very positive song in not so positive times. Thanks Leah! Then “A Poet Should Be Sitting Here” reminds me of Five for Fighting’s “The Riddle.”
The songs on the album are a true indie sound meaning you don’t feel like someone compressed the hell out of the work, and shoved it 2 inches from your ears. Leah is great at striping the songs down with a guitar, piano, or keyboards and then just her voice. You’ll hear the light flurries of the tambourine, but the entire album is a light, catchy, must-have pop album.
This isn’t Andreone’s first time around the block. Andreone’s 1996 debut, Veiled, launched her into the pop cesspool; the single “It’s Alright, It’s Okay” hit the U.S. and European charts, and she toured the country with the Lilith Fair festival. After completing her follow-up, Alchemy, she left from her label, which seems to be the story of many nowadays. She’s played with artists such as Charlie Clouser (Nine Inch Nails), Martha Davis (The Motels), Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo) and Marti Fredrickson (Aerosmith).
I am very anxious to hear her live. I’ve seen videos on YouTube but there is nothing like the live experience. So Leah, please get your Italian butt back on tour!