11 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Australia's Lenka Kripac—whose single "The Show" cracked the U.K.'s Top 40 and went to No. 1 in Poland—has moved to the U.S., where her melodic pop has yet to take deep root in the public consciousness. That's a shame, since for her third album, Shadows, Lenka captures a beautiful vibe. On orchestrated tunes such as "Nothing," her somber memories balance the present and the past. Elements of her sound reach toward retro—at her best she sounds like one of Serge Gainsbourg's jilted lovers—but she's also clearly involved in present-day Los Angeles, where hipsters gorge themselves on vintage keyboards, horns, and strings. The album's muted quality may be partly attributable to Lenka being pregnant with her first child during the recording. Should the pretty harmonies of "Nothing Here but Love," the gentle keyboards and horns of "Honeybee," and the intimacy of "Two Heartbeats" strike you as also sounding like music for young people, this explains why. Lenka's taking us with her through the experience of a lifetime.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Australia's Lenka Kripac—whose single "The Show" cracked the U.K.'s Top 40 and went to No. 1 in Poland—has moved to the U.S., where her melodic pop has yet to take deep root in the public consciousness. That's a shame, since for her third album, Shadows, Lenka captures a beautiful vibe. On orchestrated tunes such as "Nothing," her somber memories balance the present and the past. Elements of her sound reach toward retro—at her best she sounds like one of Serge Gainsbourg's jilted lovers—but she's also clearly involved in present-day Los Angeles, where hipsters gorge themselves on vintage keyboards, horns, and strings. The album's muted quality may be partly attributable to Lenka being pregnant with her first child during the recording. Should the pretty harmonies of "Nothing Here but Love," the gentle keyboards and horns of "Honeybee," and the intimacy of "Two Heartbeats" strike you as also sounding like music for young people, this explains why. Lenka's taking us with her through the experience of a lifetime.

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About Lenka

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, NY, 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, an orchestral pop album inspired by the birth of her son. ~ Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Bega, New South Wales, Australia
  • GENRE
    Pop
  • BORN
    March 19, 1978

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