Taking a break from her duties as vocalist and keyboardist for Australia's Decoder Ring, songwriter Lenka Kripac relocated to Los Angeles and began crafting eclectic, atmospheric pop songs under her forename. Her solo material took its cues from artists like Jem and Björk, with Lenka pitting her breathy vocals against landscapes of electronic drumbeats, horns, and twinkling piano. A former child actor who'd studied under Cate Blanchett, she also brought a sense of theatricality to her music, and Epic Records brought her aboard the label's roster in late 2007. Lenka decamped to the East Coast to record her debut album in Woodstock, New York, with artists like Howie Day and Missy Higgins stopping by for quick cameos. She then settled in Los Angeles, where she played frequent shows at the intimate Hotel Café before her self-titled album, Lenka, arrived in September 2008.
"The Show," the lead single from Lenka's debut, cracked the Top 40 in several countries, including the U.K, Switzerland, and Poland (where it climbed to number one). Meanwhile, Lenka became engaged to James Gulliver Hancock, the visual artist behind several of her music videos, and spent most of the following year touring the world. Her engagement figured heavily on her second album, Two, a collection of pop tunes and winsome love songs that appeared in early 2011. Lenka returned in 2013 with Shadows (Skipalong Records), an orchestral pop album inspired by the birth of her son. She followed in 2015 with her fourth album, The Bright Side, which featured the single "Blue Skies." Attune, the singer's fifth album, arrived in 2017. Self-produced and more organic than prior releases, Attune included the track "Heal," written with fellow Australian singer/songwriter Sally Seltmann. ~ Andrew Leahey
- Bega, New South Wales, Australia
- March 19, 1978