Emilie Rex is a Richmond, Virginia-based singer who has recently given up her structured life of academia to join forces with filmmaker and musician, Rick Alverson. Together the pair make up the folk-rock duo that is Lean Year, a new musical project inspired by a wealth of artists and bands including the likes of, Karen Dalton, Fred Neil, Brian Eno, Nina Simone, Bessie Smith, Love, Elizabeth Cotton and many more.
The pair have been working on their new self-titled album for the last year, co-writing it together at their home in Richmond, Virginia and managed to record the whole record in three sessions at the home of Chicago musician/engineer Erik Hall (In Tall Buildings, NOMO), who also performs on this debut.
The album’s opening track is aptly titled Come and See and is a warm and inviting introduction to the record. Sparse in nature and beautifully crafted around spacious soundscapes, the understated beauty in this song speaks volumes. The shuffling beat sets an unhurried pace for the guitar and vocals to hauntingly adorn and the atmosphere is captivating throughout…. Listen above.
Lean Year’s self titled debut will be released this October via Western Vinyl. Pre-order it here.