[ONE NIGHT MUSIC SESSION]: http://vimeo.com/10244628
San Jose’s Melissa Ann Sweat recently drove cross-country, relocating to Savannah, Georgia to form new roots for her music project, Lady Lazarus. The multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist (she plays all of the instruments on her debut album Mantic) will also see her poetry published in two literary magazines this winter just as she begins a string of regional live dates around her new hometown.
Sweat began Lady Lazarus in 2008 when she started teaching herself keyboard, and writing and recording songs in her San Francisco studio apartment. She had been an artist and writer nearly all her life and credits her fluidity in picking up songwriting to her long-time interest in writing poetry.
Despite music being a new foray for Sweat, Lady Lazarus has received some impressive early local and national attention with a favorable Pitchfork track review of “The Eye In The Eye of The Storm” and an intimate and charming performance for the expertly filmed One Night Music series.
The Lady Lazarus album Mantic will receive a national release on January 18th, 2011 via the artist’s own Apartment Life Records and Sweat’s poetry will appear in December issues of Outlet (www.outlet-mag.com) and The Broken City (www.thebrokencitymag.com). Lady Lazarus will also be playing regional shows around the East coast in support of Mantic throughout the winter.
(Apartment Life, 1/18/11)
01. Nazarite Oath
02. The Eye In The Eye of The Storm
03. Via Elysian Fields: Lake Pontchartrain
04. Took in My Diamond Heart
05. Fighting Words & Fists
07. Sick Child
08. Immortal Youth
09. Midnight Music for a Broken Heart Condition
10. I Couldn’t Find Me In Anything
11. Twilight on a Steinway
13. What It’s Like
14. Kurosawa’s Dreams and Me