Off the back of an EP declared “one of the best albums of 2016” by I’m Music Magazine, Lesley Barth raised funds from her dedicated and growing fanbase to head quickly back in the studio for her debut LP Green Hearts. “Best Thing” is a calm and lovely closing track off Green Hearts, an incredibly varied (there’s some disco, some Bossa Nova, some country, and a lot of retro pop sounds on the 11-tracker!), textured, and lyrically compelling album about young love that drops on January 27th. This leading single, full of harmony and a “The Band”-like groove that you can easily slip into and sing along to, echoes sounds of the 70s, but, like much of Barth’s music, brings it into a modern-day relevance.
“I suppose it’s about being confused (albeit, happy!) about why we love the people we love. The album starts out with themes of loneliness and struggling to understand love, and I suppose the conclusion I’ve reached so far is that you can’t. You just have to enjoy it as much as you can.”
Today, Lesley is working with This is The Latest to premiere this single. She discusses the writing process for this track:
“This is one I wrote on guitar (I find it easier to write upbeat songs on guitar), and just sort of followed the thread through to the eventual meaning. I find some songs are revealed that way, like one puzzle piece at a time, and only at the end of pulling it together do I find its meaning.
Listen to the single below and get ready for the full album out January 27th! Those near New York City can celebrate with her the night before at the album release show: Thursday Jan 26th, at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, 7pm. Tickets (21+) are $10 and available here: https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1405122
Listen to “Best Thing” via This Is The Latest –
About Lesley Barth:
New York-based singer-songwriter Lesley Barth is a master of fusion. The daughter of an opera singer and an actress, she grew up in a very musical and creative household, studying classical piano, devouring Romantic poetry, and swimming in 60s/70s pop, rock, and soul. Following a few years of teaching music in Philadelphia, Barth moved to New York City 5 years ago and has been consistently building a name for herself.
After performing around top NYC singer/songwriter venues for a few years and capturing audiences with her strong voice and compelling lyrics, she released her debut EP, Good Like This, as a surprise to her supporters, quickly building a loyal and devoted fanbase off of its warm reception. Only several months later, in partnership with OvationTV and Rockethub selected as part of their first “Creative Studio” of artists, she was able to crowdfund her first full-length album from the growing number of supporters who were hungry for more from Barth.
The album Green Hearts, out January 27th, 2017, was made at Brooklyn’s Mission Sound, where Barth recorded her debut EP. Elements from disco, folk, country, blues, and retro pop have been woven together by themes of longing, soul-searching, and young love in her first full-length album. Frequent comparisons to Sharon Van Ettan, Natalie Merchant, Carole King, Carly Simon, and Fleetwood Mac are noted by fans and press.
While tracks run through a range of related genres and feels, her lyrical voice is something listeners cling to as un-changing throughout. AXS recognizes her “deeply personal and honest lyrics reflecting life, in the form of relationships, disappointments, and many things in-between.” Fleetwood Mac enthusiasts and Springsteen die-hards alike will appreciate the variety and depth of sounds granted on her track list.
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