Brooklyn’s Tea Leigh makes haunting, ethereal folk-fi with close harmonies and close-to-home lyricism; if you’re not careful with lines like “we laugh at terrible things,” they will cut you. Her influences run the gamut from Sufjan to Cocorosie, but you might hear a little Mountain Man in the shimmering finger-picking and the soft but occasionally menacing chimes of the vocal blend, or the first Youth Lagoon album in the wary, youthful understatement that characterizes Leigh’s tone. The video for “Rushing In” gives us an intimate, but ultimately unrevealing portrait of the artist; sun-drenched medium shots eschew focus and in close-ups, various fabrics and hair strands protect Leigh’s face and eyes. It works: the visual and aural texts converge on an air of Sphinx-without-a-secret mystery, and the feeling that the closer we’re getting, the further away we really are. Watch above.
STREAM: Tea Leigh – “Rushing In”