Leroy Lee – ‘Drawing Smoke’ (mp3)
Missy Higgins recently teamed up with the radio station Triple J and their website triplejunearthed.com to help choose unsigned artists to open for her on her latest national tour. Sydney boy Leroy Lee was chosen by Missy for her Sydney show. A couple of years ago, especially in Australia, there was an explosion of roots/folk artists when guys like John Butler and Xavier Rudd took off, and a lot of it started to sound the same – at the end of the day, there’s only a finite number of options when it comes to a voice and an acoustic guitar.
But there’s something about Leroy’s music that stands out. Maybe its because he moves away from blues influences like so many others and instead embraces more pop-esque melodies of acts like The Beatles and Elliott Smith (and you can hear a lot of Elliott Smith in the layered vocal harmonies).