• When you think “singer songwriter,” fierce is not a word that often comes to mind. But there is something slightly fierce about the opening seconds of Lex Land’s new album “Were My Sweetheart To Go”. It’s the track “Oh My!” and it just reaches out and grabs you, then descends into a sweet sing song chorus complete with a chipper hand clap beat. Music Director Jason Bentley is a big fan, saying he likes that you can hear her operatic training, her focus before pursuing a life of pop. “She’s a great songwriter. She makes herself very vulnerable and her lyrics are revealing about relationships and all those universal themes we love.” “She really separates herself from the pack with her demeanor and her lyrics. She’s got attitude, she’s cool.”
- KCRW – Artist You Should Know
Since the time of her career’s inception, at age 19, Lex Land has managed to achieve relevance in the almost endless sea of female singer-songwriters. Her songs have been heard prominently on television shows such as Private Practice, Castle, and One Tree Hill. She was invited to perform on late night television on Last Call with Carson Daly, and over the radio airwaves on KCRW’s venerable Morning Becomes Eclectic. Fueling these events was a fair amount of hubbub surrounding the release of Lex’s debut album, Orange Days on Lemon Street, in March of 2008. Orange Days held the #1 spot on the iTunes’ Singer-Songwriter chart for weeks following its release, and proceeded to earn “Best of 2008” honors from iTunes as well. Lex’s 2nd record, Were My Sweetheart To Go…, was released to a decent amount of critical acclaim on August 16, 2011 and also climbed to the top of the iTunes singer-songwriter charts. Songs from WMSTG have been featured prominently on Bones, One Tree Hill, Pretty Little Liars, and others.
Continuing the unique style founded on Orange Days that critics called “a fantastic mix of honey-sweet folk and dense, beat-driven folk-rock” (-Womenfolk), songs on the follow-up WMSTG range from the 60’s-pop-infused, “Oh My!”, to more jazz-standard-tinged numbers like “Someone New On My Mind” and “If I”. WMSTG continues the eclecticism developed on Orange Days while staying true to the artist’s identity. At front and center, always, is Land’s striking voice.