New York based singer-songwriter, Lila Blue, is an artist who pulls no punches. Whether she’s creating for the theatre or crafting the labyrinthine tracks that appear on her new album, Leave Me Be, Lila’s songs are worlds unto themselves, coaxing out the rich inner lives and fragile humanity of each character with a prowess that stuns from the very first note.
Coming off of the success of her last release, the 2017 EP Have A Look, Lila strove to create a lush, orchestral project in contrast with her earlier work. Leave Me Be is an album with microcosmic songs blended into a wider tapestry of sound and story. With Lila re-enlisting her veteran collaborator and engineer Sami Perez to helm this intense undertaking, the pair entered Tiny Telephone Studios once again in September 2018. They brought with them a variety of songs, some fully formed and aged to perfection like album highlight “Somber Silence”, which Lila wrote at 14 years old. Others were inspired by the creative energy of the studio - the breathtaking “Shallow Pond” was written on the very first day of recording. Together the two wove the songs into a sonic narrative, each song woven into the next with interludes that pull the listener along on a surreal, cinematic, and deeply human journey alongside Lila.
This more calculated intensity speaks to Lila’s evolution as a songwriter and producer over the past two years, overcoming and celebrating what she calls the most beautiful and difficult years two of her life. In her own words, Leave Me Be is a testament to “the complex and gnarly work that is being your own confrontational mirror, and growing up into a young woman I’m proud to be.” A kaleidoscopic vision of love, lust, conflict and tragedy, there’s no better place to begin falling in love with Lila Blue.
Lila Blue performs regularly at clubs and festivals in San Francisco and New York; in-studio live performances include Paste Magazine, KPFA, and KUSF. She has appeared as a Special Guest Vocalist for the award-winning dance performance troupe, Noche Flamenca, at New York's Lincoln Center Out of Doors summer series, and in WEIGHTLESS, a rock opera by The Kilbanes, at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, Under the Radar Festival in New York. Lila has written and arranged original theater scores for the New Conservatory Theater of San Francisco, and for the past 9 years has been scoring for the Chekov Project of New York. She has had songs placed in several films including Lifetime’s “Story of a Girl” and The Chekov Project’s “I Am a Seagull.”
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