Leona Naess: Heavy Like Sunday
Leona Naess has impeccable pop credentials; after all, her first taste of the music business was signing to the Outpost label set up by producer Scott Litt (REM, Nirvana, Replacements).
New York-born and London-raised Naess is gearing up to the release of her fourth album, her first for five years. Thirteens is so called because it contains the best tracks written over a prolific past couple of years during which she has put together enough material for 13 lo-fi, home-recorded collections.
Setting the scene is this limited edition single, the first release via the Blue Flowers label (set-up by the Chiswick-based club night of that name), although the album is out through Polydor.
Heavy Like Sunday sees Naess coming on like a female Willy Mason - a hazy, lazy minor key strummed start builds to an uplifting post-chorus chord change propelling the mood upwards.
“Friends make better lovers because they look you in the eye,” she sings knowingly with a soft, effortless voice; almost a sigh.
A refreshingly cheap, cheerful and intimate video filmed on the top deck of a bus, the back of taxi and in a florists and kicks off with a Ramones-friendly 1-2-3-4 intro, charmingly out of sync with the song itself. She even has a string out of tune.
Heavy Like Sunday is out this week and seven-inch copies include a Polaroid taken by Leona.
11:49 AM | 05/06/2008
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