At first listen, there’s a similarity to Gretchen Schmaltz, both in style and songwriting. But Charlie Leavy is crafting a style all her own. Barely 30 seconds into the first song of her Best Damn Ride EP and it’s obvious that Charlie is going places. The music is catchy itself, but songwriting subject matter that dives into problems with society pertaining to our perceptions (in The Way Life Is) highlights a talent that is on the verge of something outstanding. The music alone is worth stopping to take note of, until you find yourself lost in the articulation of the theme.
Songwriting jumps into more common territories of romance that doesn’t go according to plan (Falter Baby) and the hope for rekindled love (Wearing Your Kiss, recording live). Instead of the common “wearing my heart on my sleeve” themes prevalent in even the most well-intentioned folk artists, Leavy has something more to offer listeners through her poetic and musical touch.
American audiences must rely on the outlet of Soundcloud (and subsequently iTunes) to listen and pick up the tracks, as the UK is the home of Leavy, and sadly where her shows are limited to for the moment. What’s the best way to change that? Listen and buy her music from her soundcloud page. In September, Reverbnation is set to feature her as an up-and-coming act. Let them know you want more of this kind of talent shared.
Pick up Charlie Leavy’s Best Damn Ride EP (or singles) on iTunes here.