Laura Leif‘s voice affects me like few others. Hearing it move slowly out of a sort of aural mist is gentle magic.
She is one in a collective of some of my favorite Calgarian musicians; Clinton St. John and Samantha Savage Smith plus Benni Hemm Hemm and Prins Póló, both hailing from Iceland, all brought together by Woodpigeon’s Mark Andrew Hamilton. And there are veins of similar sensibilities that connect one to another but they all have a different sound individually. When they come together the sound becomes something of itself, and that’s doubtlessly in no small part due to the completely fluid collaborative structure of the band. The structure being one of structurelessness, with members swapping instruments and roles from song to song. Working for the individual song first and foremost.
They call themselves EMBASSYLIGHTS, which is also the name of their first release that just came out a few days ago on coil-bound flexi-disc books. You’re probably wondering what a flexi-disc is, no one can fault you for that. They went out of fashion a long while back, I’ve only seen one myself. And trust me, they are a pretty cool thing. I’ve never heard of them being released as a book in and of themselves though. Neat.
EMBASSYLIGHTS plays their first show during Iceland Airwaves festival in Reykjavik, Iceland, running November 5-9. And get yourself one of those flexi-disc books, they’re very limited edition.