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We've been following Leah Siegel for at least two years, after some of our friends who book bands in NYC's venues directed our ears towards her music by voting her (for two years in a row) as one of NYC's Best Emerging Artists of the Year - she placed 36th in the latest edition. Leah has been working on a new project called Firehorse, which sounds (and also looks) like a departure from her previous alt rock oriented material. From what we can hear from "Our Hearts" - the only track available online - Firehorse offers us a new, sexier sound, and from the band's press pictures we can't help but notice also a welcome sunnier look. Nonetheless, some kind of darkness seems to inhabit Leah's wonderful voice and songwriting, and this is luckily not watered down but brought to the next level in "Our Hearts". The sparse electronic arrangements, the warbly synthetic piano sound, the mechanical electronic drums, and the strong, sad melody lines confer to this melancholic song an existential quality reminiscent of the slower material by Radiohead and Peter Gabriel. We are looking forward to listening to the entire record. Don't miss Firehorse CD release party at Rockwood Music Hall on 09.29
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