Happy Friday… let’s listen to some music!
I probably first heard Lydia Loveless played on KEXP Seattle. I bought her third album, Real, in November 2017, just over a year after it was released.
My two favourite songs from the album are “Heaven” (not to be confused with a song of the same title by The Psychedelic Furs, my very first post on this site) and today’s selection, “European.”
In interviews, Loveless (her professional name; her birth surname is Ankrom) speaks openly about her depression and the challenges it brought during a relationship breakdown. Regarding Real, Loveless has said that she was writing then about the divorce she’d go through about a year later.
Her music has such a likeable sound to it. Record companies classify it as Americana, but in interviews, she says she has tried to move away from that moniker (though her website tagline still uses that word, but it’s not actually visible on the site, so that’s probably just an oversight).
She writes and plays a fusion of Country and Punk. For a while, in a time of transition (following her divorce and a move from Ohio to North Carolina), her voicemail greeting said, “Hello, you have reached firebrand cowpunk badass Lydia Loveless. I can’t come to the phone right now because I’m too busy saving country music.” There’s also a wicked vibrato that she drops in here and there, wrapped around by the twanging electric and acoustic guitars that dance around the steady beat.
Real is a solid album, and Loveless’ contralto voice is a real treat to listen to. In some ways, she reminds me a little of LP (aka Laura Pergolizzi, whose song Other People I posted about), as there is such rich, complexity in their voices.
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the official music video for the song from the Bloodshot Records YouTube channel: