Lanessa Long is an artist form Portand, Oregon with a rich musical background. In 2014 she moved to Los Angeles to study music at the California Institute of the Arts. She has developed her skills as a vocalist, cellist, composer and songwriter. Her recent five-song self-titled Lanessa Long EP showcases some of her talent.
The first thing that stuck with me is what an expressive, dynamic singer she is. She is the opposite of a monotone singer. She puts a boatload of emotion into every word and simultaneously has the ability to change the vibe of the song with her inflection.
Take for instance the opener “Are You Ready For Me?” Her singing style at points feels more prone to a play especially towards the beginning of the song. The song starts off with a saloon style piano and her vocals and I would have been happy with that but she pushes some boundaries as the song progresses. Her lyrics are unapologetic and you get the sense she is in charge here. She sings, “I don’t mess around / Not with the ones that I care about / Do you want to love me out loud? / What do you say, / Are you ready for me, / Are you ready for me? The song eventually starts to rock out which I wasn't expecting but thoroughly enjoyed. In addition to that there are some tasteful use of effects on this song.
“1960” is another testament to her talent. The vocal delivery is fast, fluid and often sassy. The music is jazzy, and slick with a tinge of rock. It’s definitely a different side to her talent that she starts to uncover. “Annie” is even jazzier and has a Fiesta vibe. I loved this song the first time I heard it. The vocals are catchy but it's everything that adds up that makes it such a good track. The vocal harmonies, strings and horns were on point. Fantastic.
“Wild” displays yet another side to Long. She sounds coy at times and other times just belts it out. This may be the single on the EP. She closes with “Deep Blue” which is the cherry on top. It’s a cool with a lounge-y feel that still has some good energy. Her dynamic, expressive vocals are in full effect. She changes the feel with her voice alone at time but it doesn't hurt the music is top notch.
Long has the talent and skill to make a go at it with music. She certainly has a style and as long as she keeps on a good trajectory it will only strengthen over time. This is a great EP and I hope to hear more soon.
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