January 25, 2010

Angels will fall on me and take me to my home


This song is spare and haunting, a massive voice in an empty room, and I have been listening to it on endless repeat lately. Folks have been urging me for months now to listen to Lissie, the girl from Rock Island, Illinois with a voice much more soulful and evocative than belied by her slight presence. A good pal put her song “Little Lovin’” on his very best of 2009 compilation mix, and I knew she was in town to open for Ray LaMontagne but I missed her. So after peripheral glances of her might for months now, I’m glad I finally took some more time to listen.

crop_290This song reminds me of a combination of Mazzy Star and the echoey space in the Serena Ryder cover of “Funeral.” Listen for the three-minute mark to really get your socks knocked off.

Everywhere I Go – Lissie

Man, what a voice.

Lissie’s debut EP Why You Runnin is out now on Oxford, Mississippi’s Fat Possum Records. You should probably also check out her Daytrotter Session.

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  • no kidding heather… sometimes i think that you look for music that will make me feel like i’ve been kicked in the chest repeatedly – and i thank you for it everytime!
    AMAZING- thank you again and again for introducing me to such amazing voices and sounds.

    kelly — January 25, 2010 @ 7:07 pm

  • hey kelly, thanks for taking the time to say that today. comments like that remind me why i share stuff on here.

    thanks for reading.

    browneheather — January 25, 2010 @ 7:52 pm

  • The audience’s absolute rapture while listening to Lissie perform solo (opening for Ray LaMontagne) isn’t something I’ve sensed at a show in years. Just you wait!

    Abby — January 26, 2010 @ 3:56 am

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  • My wife and I saw her open for Ray LaMontagne @ Ellie Caulkins in November. She was amazing! My wife met her after the show and said she was very friendly and appreciative of the praise she was receiving.

    kmartini — January 26, 2010 @ 11:20 am

  • Great track. It’s nice to hear her with a band and a fuller sound. I found her music a while back with her first Daytrotter session (“Say It Loud” should be listened to every day upon rising) and felt she not only had a voice that stopped me in my tracks, but was also a storyteller worthy of my attention. Thanks for sharing!

    jimbo — January 26, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

  • not so bad liked this one

    andria — January 26, 2010 @ 1:11 pm

  • I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, thank you thank you thank you

    It’s as if you make the blog just for my music taste, and, um, I’m grateful for that

    Ali Plumb — January 26, 2010 @ 2:12 pm

  • As everyone else has said, a beautiful voice but does anyone else hear coldplays the scientist right from the start of the song. that said its still a great track and im sure if she was touring with ray she has got to be good. keep up the good work. people like you keep people like me smiling.

    BoyFromLawrenceCounty — January 26, 2010 @ 5:47 pm

  • Lissie is an amazing talent. I think she’ll find a lot of success in 2010. We did a live session with her back in November that was a total blast.


    I only wish she gave us an “Oh Mississippi”…love that tune.

    Shirk — January 26, 2010 @ 9:08 pm

  • Wow!! I absolutely LOVE your blog, and her voice is pure and gut-wrenching. Just what I needed.

    dawn — January 26, 2010 @ 9:15 pm

  • I really dig a record that came out in 2008 by DJ Morgan Page called “Elevate”. Lissie provides vocals on the first track, “The Longest Road”… wicked song. There’s also a version that’s revamped even more by Deadmau5. Check both out if you haven’t heard.

    I’ve been waiting to hear more from Lissie for some time now. Thanks for this sharing this gorgeous track!

    Megan — January 27, 2010 @ 2:49 am

  • I played Lissie’s track as I was warming up the ‘puter this morning and in the ensuing silence after I keep hearing the echoes of her mesmerizing voice/performance. Awesome.

    I’ll add my voice to the chorus, Heather. You continue to be one of my top sources for excellent new music discoveries and music news. Thank you so much for coloring the pages of my days with great musical complements I wouldn’t otherwise discover.

    Jon Ford — January 27, 2010 @ 8:56 am

  • Could not agree more with kelly’s post. Heather is the greatest DJ….Thanks so much.

    Spookycat — January 28, 2010 @ 9:55 am

  • This song was used in the closing scene of the series finale of Dollhouse. I thought I was hearing the band Innocence Mission. If you like Lissie you should seek out Innocence Mission.

    Ed Scerbo — February 2, 2010 @ 8:34 pm

  • kind of reminds me of old school neko case, no?

    pat — February 7, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

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    Thank you so much 4 sharing!

    ina — August 15, 2010 @ 11:44 am

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