Monday, May 16, 2011

Lady Lazarus Premieres "Took In My Diamond Heart" Video On PopMatters

Lady Lazarus Premieres "Took In My Diamond Heart" Video On PopMatters
To Feature In Graveface Charity Project, Also Featuring Mike Watt, Xiu Xiu and More
Debut LP Mantic Out Now

Click Here To View "Took In My Diamond Heart" On PopMatters

Click Here For More Information On Graveface

Click Here To View "The Eye In The Eye Of The Storm" Video On One Thirty BPM

Click Here To View "Sick Child" Video On Stereogum

Click Here To Download & Listen To "The Eye In The Eye Of The Storm" On Pitchfork

"The songs are full of places and things that were available to her... Sweat played every note. When she asks, 'Who's gonna sing it but me?' on 'Eye of the Storm', it doesn't feel like an idle question. Mantic thrives on the sense of being alone with the last voice in the world. Lots of people use music to try and escape their living rooms, but Lady Lazarus seems more interested in inviting us into hers." - Pitchfork (7.8)

"Her work’s hushed and homemade, ambitious, affecting, and oddly polished in its specificity." - Stereogum

"Like listening to the upcoming James Blake record, Mantic shows the magic that space can create. And Lady Lazarus, whose name likely comes from a Sylvia Plath poem, knows how to use lack of sound to accentuate the actual sounds." - One Thirty BPM

Lady Lazarus is the solo music project of Melissa Ann Sweat, a poet, writer, and fine artist originally from San Jose, Calif. currently living in Savannah, GA. Melissa is a self-taught musician who began her project when she started teaching herself keyboard, and writing and recording songs in her San Francisco studio apartment in early 2008. Before she started playing live in the summer of 2009, she hadn't sang on stage since an eight grade performance of Oliver, and had no real musical training growing up. She credits her fluidity in picking up songwriting to her long-time interest in writing poetry.

Shortly after Melissa began writing songs, she decided to pursue music as much as she could; she quit her job and took a train trip across the country, then began working again part-time, and writing and making music in her free time. It was during this time that Melissa was recording songs for what would be her debut album, Mantic, that Pitchfork was tipped off by her brother about the project. The website gave the song, "The Eye in the of the Storm," a 7/10 review, foreshadowing the overwhelmingly positive press that would come with the album's release this past January. Pitchfork gave the album a 7.8 review; Stereogum premiered the video Melissa made for the song "Sick Child"; One Thirty BPM gave Mantic an 80% score; and the Journal of Music featured Lady Lazarus' album in an article about lo-fi recordings, and so on.

Lady Lazarus has been performing live in support of Mantic, while currently working on new songs, collaborative projects, and videos slated for later this year.

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