Her voice lingers and then catches on a breath of air, like a feather staying afloat by dancing on a gentle breeze. It is filled with all the emotions of a woman who has just seen a darker side of love and is watching the sun rise for the first time with new eyes. While her journey has left her tired, she is forever changed and somehow, her voice is filled with a hope to save relationships that are at a breaking point. Whether it is a lover or a father, the attempts to somehow make what is wrong right, is in the subtext of this album. Lindsey Luff explores all sides of love. Whether promised, given or taken, her songs always faces the reality that life is hard, and that lasting love isn’t easy. In her self titled debut album, Lindsey Luff delivers a fantastic country infused album that will not only leave you satisfied with the journey, but also stirs the resolve to start over from the beginning.
“Remind Me” is the first single released off the album and its video is the perfect introduction to draw you into the Lindsey Luff and her music.
“Remind Me” is just an ear worm. The song is desperate last plea to find a spark in a relationship that has grown dark. One lover crying for another at a cross roads, with the roads splitting in one direction to stay together, and the other to have it all fall apart. It’s a plea to come back from the brink, daring the subject to show the passion that brought them together in the first place. With it’s hopeful melody and rousing chorus, you will find yourself singing along, motivated by knowing the fences were mended and everything will be all right.
This theme isn’t the case with all the songs on the album. The track, “Until It’s True” featuring Brian Elmquist explores the other side of a similar relationship; a relationship stopped in frozen in a moment of denial before its inevitable collapse. It’s a blind plea for a lie to make a relationship true. “If You’re Leaving” is a plea to a lover begging to make them stay, while at the same time a line in the sand to just be honest about where they stand if they are going to leave.
But the sleeper track on the album is the last track, and it’s my favorite: “Weathered”. It is an anthem that so many of us need, with a message that we often have to dig deep into the recesses of our subconscious to remember. It is a song about finding a strength inside culled from past experience with the resolute message that you don’t really need anyone to keep going, even if you desperately want them. It’s a reminder that that which did not kill us before has already carried us through to the present, and we still have it in us to know our own worth, be true to ourselves and carry on with our heads held high.
’cause I grew up on hard times and brothers
and I can take care of myself
and I aint the kind to worry my mind about being left on the shelf
Oh we both know what happens to blue collar bastards who don’t treat me like I deserve
And if you’re planning on lying or even just trying
that’s why I kick them to the curb
Cause I’ve weathered the roads of Wyoming
and I’ve slept through a New Orleans storm
I’ve grown so hard to be broken heartened
if you got up and walked out the door
If you left me you’d come back for more.”
The album is a love letter to both the broken and the mended. Luff turns the kaleidoscope of emotions and each lyric pulls on your heart. It’s an album that is wholly relatable because at some point in your life, you’ve felt exactly what she is singing about.
Blurred Culture was able to be there at Luff’s album release at Rockwood Music Hall and spent the day documenting the debut of this artist on the rise. We can report that she is a genuine human and that genuineness comes out from every part of her organically. There aren’t a lot of artists who allow photographers into their homes and let us document them getting ready so openly and intimately, but Luff, like her music, has nothing but hide. Sincere, and singing the truth from her soul, she is the real deal and isn’t afraid to let you see her put it all on the table. We can’t wait to see what the year holds for this beautiful soul.
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