LP: Into the Wild DVD/CD
She looks like the result of a union between writer Fran Leibovitz and T Rex frontman Marc Bolan. When she opens her mouth, it sounds like Chrissie Hynde grafted to Katy Perry with the range and power of Mariah Carey. LA based singer LP is redefining rock with her powerful, ethereal vocals. Her take on Beyonce’s “Halo” would make a lesser artist cower in the corner and cry in frustration. She doesn’t just cover it, she owns it, taking it home with her after she’s slapped the audience silly with her gorgeous, glass- rattling vocals.
It’s strange that somebody with this much talent hasn’t popped up in a national spotlight before. She has been performing in LA clubs and touring for years, but first got a wider audience through a Citibank commercial featuring the title cut of her debut release,
Into the Wild.
There’s never been anything quite like her. She’ll wear you out, make you weep and have you on your feet screaming her name after every song. There are only five songs on the EP, but it’s enough, for now. The kind of emotional battering she dishes out requires a bit of rest for the listener between tunes. “Into the Wild” starts out low key, with LP moaning sexily like Chrissy, then taxiing down the runway, whistling like a sailor, before bustin’ out like Katy Perry being electrocuted.But unlike Perry’s shocked yelps, LP sustains her high pitched ululations before tumbling back down into Chrissy mode, then effortlessly soars back up into the stratosphere. “Levitator” lives up to its name as LP free ranges into Mariah Carey territory, trilling notes most singers can only imagine. She scalds the paint off the ceiling, all the while trying to suppress a wry grin that keeps tickling the corners of her mouth.
There’s no histrionics- she just stands still, blasting away. She’s truly mesmerizing. This is a real treasure. But don’t lock this one away– pass it on. This is one treasure that deserves viewing again and again.