9 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Leah Siegel is from Brooklyn, but don’t hold that against her. While indie rock and pop music seem to bleed effortlessly from that distinguished borough these days, Siegel creates sounds that reside just outside the Brooklyn bubble. She’s a singer and instrumentalist, among other things (dancer, clothing designer), and her stellar band is made up of musicians who have played with Loudon Wainwright III, Sufjan Stevens, and others. There’s something a little outré about her music, and she’s capable of casting the kinds of spells that PJ Harvey and Cat Power are known for. In the hands of producer Geoff Stanfield (Sun Kil Moon, Moby), the hushed white space of “If You Don’t Want to Be Alone,” the seemingly carefree bounce of “Machete Gang Holiday,” and the bleak, torch-song feel of “My Left Eye” have a strange, dreamy quality that renders them something other than what they appear. “She’s a River” and “Our Hearts” hint at radio possibilities for Firehorse: their dark underbellies don’t quite override the cool, jazzy trip-hop vibe of the former or the melancholy, shadow-strewn pop of the latter.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Leah Siegel is from Brooklyn, but don’t hold that against her. While indie rock and pop music seem to bleed effortlessly from that distinguished borough these days, Siegel creates sounds that reside just outside the Brooklyn bubble. She’s a singer and instrumentalist, among other things (dancer, clothing designer), and her stellar band is made up of musicians who have played with Loudon Wainwright III, Sufjan Stevens, and others. There’s something a little outré about her music, and she’s capable of casting the kinds of spells that PJ Harvey and Cat Power are known for. In the hands of producer Geoff Stanfield (Sun Kil Moon, Moby), the hushed white space of “If You Don’t Want to Be Alone,” the seemingly carefree bounce of “Machete Gang Holiday,” and the bleak, torch-song feel of “My Left Eye” have a strange, dreamy quality that renders them something other than what they appear. “She’s a River” and “Our Hearts” hint at radio possibilities for Firehorse: their dark underbellies don’t quite override the cool, jazzy trip-hop vibe of the former or the melancholy, shadow-strewn pop of the latter.

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About Firehorse

Firehorse blend smoky vocals, gentle electronics, and ethereal accents for a Bird and the Bee-meets-Björk mix. Comprised of classical violinist and commercial songwriter turned singer Leah Siegel (Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout, Citizens Band, and daughter of National Public Radio broadcaster Robert Siegel), guitarist Steve Elliot, bassist Tim Luntzel (Rosanne Cash, Loudon Wainwright III), and drummer Brian Wolfe (Sufjan Stevens, My Brightest Diamond), the Brooklyn-based band named itself after the Chinese zodiac sign of independence, assertiveness, and free spirit. They released their full-length debut, And So They Ran Faster..., for the PledgeMusic label in September 2011, earning praise from the likes of Prince and getting ink in publications like Time Magazine for Siegel's powerful vocals and evocative songwriting. ~ Chrysta Cherrie

  • ORIGIN
    Brooklyn, NY

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