Introducing to you, Lena Laki – an indie-folk singer-songwriter based in London who will be releasing her debut EP in April 2016. And over here at Verge, we’ve got the premiere of the brand new visuals for the title track of the EP, ‘Take Me With‘.
German-born Lena Laki has been playing music and performing live in Germany and in England for the last few years. Doing mainly jazz and folk covers at first, she quickly got to working on her own material while fine-tuning her unique style. All of the five songs included in her upcoming EP have developed over time through various band formations, taking on different arrangements, in some cases even different lyrics.
Meeting with the writer Christoforos Diakoulakis was the most significant turning point in her journey. While he furnished some of her earlier songs with lyrics, Lena turned to some of his own poems to create new songs. What began as a creative partnership eventually turned into marriage, and the two of them moved to London in 2014, which proved to be the catalyst for Lenaâ€™s musical aspirations. Guitar in hand, she began gigging across various venues and slowly building a fanbase, while also joined now by a number of select musicians who believed in her project. Everything had started to fall into place and it wasnâ€™t long before she found herself in the studio.
â€œIt was time to make that step forward. Itâ€™s not easy when youâ€™ve become so attached to something youâ€™ve created, which has grown with you over the years, to decide that itâ€™s ready now, record it and move on. But in the end you just have to let go. And truth is, this does feel like the right time, and the songs now feel like they were always supposed to be, and Iâ€™m so grateful for that.â€
Lenaâ€™s songs themselves capture that feeling of sweet surrender, melancholic and hopeful at once, as her warm, confident voice blends each time with the lamenting violin, and heartfelt melodies bring into life tales of eerie encounters and impossible separations.
Drawing from a wide range of influences, from Leonard Cohen and Nina Simone, to Radiohead and Goldfrapp, it is not easy to pin down Lena Lakiâ€™s musical style. Brave and original, haunting and instantly addictive, her debut EP bears simultaneously that ageless quality of an old favourite and the inventiveness of that cool indie, folky album we pride ourselves on discovering first.
Check out the brand new video below!