Lorraine Leckie officially drops her new album with Her Demons titled ‘Razor Wing Butterfly’. Starting off with the track titled ‘Only Darkness’ was a perfect choice, in my opinion, because it sets such a wonderfully dark and somewhat twisted tone for the album. It’s the mood-setter. Such a mood-swinging track musically. Each track could have been the opener, however, but that is the perfect one.
Having said that, each track has its own mood along with subtle style but, above it all, there is Lorraine’s wonderfully original voice. She has found her sound. And she has found her partners in crime to display it with. Her Demons are as much cohorts as they are band members and it shows. They each capture their own personalities in the music and what comes out is a truly collaborative effort.
‘Razor Wing Butterfly’ is an album meant to be experienced live. Every note gives this away. While having not seen Lorraine Leckie & Her Demons live (yet), I get the feeling from ‘Razor Wing Butterfly’ that I would be in for a slightly macabre rock cabaret filled with dark talent and meaningful rock putting on a full show spectacle the likes that we all want but wonder if we should go to. Consider this an invite.
About Lorraine Leckie
Lorraine Leckie was born on a horse in Northern Ontario surrounded by the music of Neil Young, but her own path into music wouldn’t begin for another few decades.
In the ’70s, she converted to punk rock, married Steve Leckie of The Viletones, and started her career as a makeup artist in the fashion industry. After a decade of living in Europe, she put down roots in New York and began working with celebrity clients including Paul McCartney and Heidi Klum, but it wasn’t until the age of 37 that Leckie decided it was time for a change. She got a guitar, formed a band, and was soon performing at legendary New York venues like Bowery Ballroom, Webster Hall, and Mercury Lounge.
Lorraine Leckie & Her Demons debuted with 2008’s Four Cold Angels, a blend of Americana and psychedelic rock, before taking an acoustic route for 2010’s Martini Eyes, which netted Village Voice critic Tom Semioli’s Album of the Year pick that year in the publication’s annual Pazz & Jop Poll.
Since then, Leckie hasn’t stayed complacent within one genre, moving between folk noir collaborations with celebrated art critics (2012’s Rudely Interrupted featuring Anthony Haden-Guest), deep-fried country rock (2014’s Rebel Devil Devil Rebel), and apocalypse-tinged Americana (2015’s The Raven Smiled) with ease. Leckie’s first album in nearly three years, this June’s Razor Wing Butterfly, serves as a celebration and refinement of Leckie and her Demons’ decade-plus in music, honing in on her Americana-tinged psychedelic rock while recruiting guitarist Hugh Pool to the fold and recording at legendary Brooklyn studio Excello Recording.
Featured image by John Huba.