In case you weren’t paying attention, Lissie (her last name is Maurus) just ended up at #2 on our best EP’s of 2009 list yesterday. To say that she has that “something” would be an understatement. She started‚ shopping her EP to labels last August and by November, the album was released on Fat Possum Records (the same label that worked with early Andrew Bird, The Black Keys, AA Bondy, etc). Since then, she’s also spent some time on tour opening for Ray Lamontagne.
Along the way, she’s starting to build quite a stir in the media. I got my first real dose of Lissie when I was driving across Nevada on my move from California to Atlanta. Her music is organic, heartfelt and incredibly soulful. She writes beautiful country-tinged songs that were like Americana comfort food as the snow capped mountains raced by outside my windows.‚ Her unassuming girl next door appearance and demeanor is sharply contrasted by her powerful voice, reminiscent of Neko Case or Emmylou Harris. She can sing with tender sensitivity (Wedding Bells) or turn into a bluesy storm (Little Lovin). Further commentary won’t really do Lissie justice. She can sing the phone book and I’ll listen.
Video: Lissie – Wedding Bells