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Leonard Friend: LXLF EP

Biography/Press Release:

Every Woman

February 25, 2013

Leonard Friend is the R&B/Pop persona of musician/songwriter/producer Alex Feder. After the demise of his previous band, The XYZ Affair, Feder moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles and Leonard Friend was born. Since launching the project he has received acclaim from Nylon Magazine, MTV Buzzworthy, Stereogum, Consequence of Sound, DJ Booth, and many more. His second EP, LXLF, was released on February 25th.

"LXLF came about as a result of a year of jarring transitions and intense loneliness. There was a certain euphoric point of complete acceptance  ... That feeling of near rapturous loneliness, in a nutshell, is this record."

An alter-ego named after his grandfather, Leonard Friend is the sole performer and producer of this EP. He blended his experiences of prior recording and songwriting to create a synth mix of crooner inspired tracks that have pop forms, with R&B highlights, streaming all the while, a slick 80's throwback. He produced a cover of Justin Timberlake and  one review compared him to Prince. Leonard Friend is recreating himself in an evolving fusion of sound and images.

Gatorade and Tylenol.

Hypnotic and trance like, Leonard repeats the remedy for pain and dehydration, indeed. But the medicine is the music that keeps you moving.

Holograms.

Melodic voices and throw back synths create a wave of danceable swagger.

Annie Lennox.

High pitched, soulful vocals in a romantic, Bruno Mars meets Maxwell, and Friend pushes it to a higher octave, with a twist of background pop.

Middle Of The Night.

The essence of whiz pop synth, fast paced and repetitive. Leonard does not hold back his vision and creativity in realizing the identity he intended to portray. There is a story that this song has a serious real life narrative, as it was inspired by how his girlfriend took care of him 'in the middle of the night' after surgery. The ultimate test, 'who's gonna love you in the middle of the night?'

Every Woman.

LF digs deep to bust out a 'hooo' toward the end of the song, which reminds us of how much we miss our beloved Michael Jackson, another inspirational force in the making of this EP and videos. Friend ends this track with some fringe guitar work.

The project was able to pull in a "photo used in the artwork is a self portrait of Finnish makeup and visual artist Saara Sarvas, best known for her groundbreaking body painting work, with whom Friend became close while on tour in Europe last year."

Listen to the live stream here:

 www.leonardfriend.com

Out On The Tiles

Walter Trout - The Return On Stage

walterdanaandlaurence (Photo courtesy of Dana Fuchs)

 

I was only 25 when I first heard Live (No More Fish Jokes) by Walter Trout. That album was, and still is, in my modest opinion, the epitaph of what Blues/Rock should sound like. Very few artists have been able to replicate that energy, vibes and intensity that Trout put on that record or in many of his studio albums he has recorded in his long and successful career but they rarely succeeded to do so.

In the last couple of years, horrible and heavy health issues have been very close to take away forever Trout not only from music and family but from life, in a very cruel way. Through the love and devotion of his family and fans, Trout has been able to overcome such issues and is living now a second life, to the point he struggles himself to believe he made it through.

Many people will remember the Lead Belly Tribute evening at the Royal Albert Hall in London on June 15th for the incredible quality of the line-up. Dana Fuchs (what a dynamite!), Laurence Jones, Paul Jones, Jools Holland, Billy Bragg, Eric Burdon, Van Morrison and many others. But Walter Trout stole the whole show. He just couldn't wait to go on stage, he didn't feel like doing anything else than playing tonight.

When that splendid woman that Marie, Walter's wife is, announced him to the London crowd, the whole Albert Hall rose on their feet for three Standing Ovations through the 10 minutes Trout had been on. Walter, visibly emotional, played a couple of tracks, one homage to the late great B.B. King, the other to Lead Belly, joined on stage by the young and very talented Laurence Jones during the whole performance. Apologies to all the readers at Bluebirdreviews about the fact I didn't take any photos. Purposely. I just wanted to feel and breath the whole emotion of that moment. To see Walter Trout on stage again, where he belongs, performing Live, has been an emotional and intense moment for myself and everyone present that night.

The Trout is back again, this time forever

 

Giovanni "Gio" Pilato

 

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