March 18, 2021

Leah Callahan: Simple Folk

Boston based indie singer and songwriter Leah Callahan was a member of a couple of jangling guitar bands (Turkish Delight, Betwixt, The Glass Set) in the late '90s and early '80s before disappearing from the music scene in 2008. Now she is back with Simple Folk, a new solo album that celebrates the upbeat pop of her younger days. She tackles her uncertainties ( Wish That I Had Never Met You Music) and pet peeves (A Woman of Few Things) in one big swoop. It is all delivered with gusto and panache. Callahan can make both fun of herself and point an accussing finger as well.

With Alex Stern on board for abrasive yet melodic guitar and piano the album is a continuation of her previous work. It is as if she never left. A little sadder and wiser perhaps, but also adamant to come out on top in the end. The cover of the Mary Hopkin hit single Those Were the Days is a nice surprise. It fits her poppy vocalizing like a glove.

Leah Callahan: vocals
Alex Brander: drums
Alex Stern: guitars and piano, arrangements
Richard Marr: producer/engineer

Simple Folk is a self-released album. Buy it from her website. Release date: March 22.

  1. Borrowed Time
  2. 1997 Again
  3. Smell
  4. A Woman of Few Things
  5. Blameless
  6. Throwaway
  7. Bitter
  8. I Wish That I Had Never Met You Music
  9. I Don't Relate
  10. Those Were the Days

» Leah Callahan on Bandcamp

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