LP Stuns at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival

Pics by misssable and twila

LP strides across the workshop stage with a cool sense of sureness and her ukulele in tow. Donning skinny black pants; a Rolling Stones t-shirt with the iconic red gaping mouth; and a grey blazer; she leans back comfortably, shaking out her curls that cascade upon her androgynous features. There is a touch of otherworldliness to her because she is so striking. However, as soon as LP takes a seat, a young girl walks to the front of the stage offering her a pink gerber daisy. LP casts her a wide smile and tucks the flower into the lapel of her blazer.

One would not automatically think of a ukulele as a rock instrument, but in the hands of LP, any preconceived notions of the ukulele being a breezy and juvenile toy are cast aside. The gentle flexibility in her ukulele lines and the whistling turbulence present throughout her songs is echoed in her pliable vocal melodies and vibrato use.

The beauty of LP is that she presents the unexpected. With her vocal range easily soaring in stratospheric soprano territories, she showcases the technical command of her entire vocal range. At the same time, her ethereal voice contrasts her masculine demeanor. LP unleashes every part of her being on stage. The audience cannot help but watch on, breathless, as LP ascends higher melodic lines, building tension, as she challenges the range of her voice or shiver at the ukulele strums accompanied by haunting whistle tones. The excitement lies in the fact that one can never anticipate what LP will do next.

LP’s Into the Wild EP is available for download.

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