On Friday afternoon, I got my advance of the forthcoming Lissie album Catching a Tiger (out 8/17 on Fat Possum) and so far I haven’t been able to stop listening to it, happily. I was out on a mini-roadtrip vacation around Colorado these last few days and had it on repeat through mountain towns and downtowns.
Lissie wowed me at SXSW, and knocked me out with the spacious beauty of the Bill Reynolds (Band of Horses) produced “Everywhere I Go.” Several of the best of those songs from last year’s Why You Runnin’ EP show up on the new full-length, sounding better than ever. It’s rich and varied and fun, but with that voice that still holds so much power and earthy emotion. This is an excellent debut, showing intuitive development in her Heartland-meets-California sound.
STREAM: Stranger – Lissie
I’ve listened to this song the most off her new album so far – an immediate favorite. It starts with layers of modern sonic echo, then chimes into a ’60s girl-group reminiscent song that skitters happily with some feminine empowerment. Lissie lectures a man who is a) taken and b) too pushy and c) not good for her: “I covered up my bruises and gave away my sins, so what makes you think that I would let you in? / Excuse me – I’m not yours, I am mine. I am mine.”
She’s on tour all throughout Europe during these late summer months, and on through the fall. She is completely captivating live, with a voice and an honesty that demands you listen. Go on ahead and pre-order the new album from Fat Possum.