Raised in the pastoral hills of Virginia, Lael Neale takes musical inspiration both from the solitude of idyllic pastures and the energy of Los Angeles, where she currently resides. On her upcoming debut album, Neale navigates through her own winding search for essence and meaning, detailing experiences that we all can recognize in our own lives. Though her voice warbles with vulnerability, her delivery is stoic – sometimes irreverent – and her melancholy verses are laced with subtle humor.
The LP’s first single, “Born in the Summer,” is a powerful summer anthem from a delicate feminine voice. According to Culture Collide, which premiered the track, “[‘Born in the Summer’] is a hazy mix of psychedelia, lo-fi production, and folk with just the right amount of edge. At the same time, there’s a vulnerability to Neale’s voice that sucks us in to the dark side without us even knowing it.”
“Lael’s crystalline voice… confirms her as the songstress who will save us from darkness.”
RIYL: Angel Olsen, Nico, Sharon Van Etten, Ryan Adams, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Natalie Prass, Jenny Lewis, Brandi Carlile, Dusty Springfield
Label: Liberal Arts
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