Ada Lea

indie-rock doesn’t get better than this

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I recently discovered Ada Lea (Alexandra Levy) on Spotify’s “Badass” playlist which really just has one goal…to play and promote badass artists. I don’t know how they decide who gets put in this playlist, but I am in full agreement that Levy belongs. Levy is a Montreal-based singer-songwriter that does a fantastic job mixing the worlds of indie rock and folk. Her music can take you on a deep emotional dive down the indie rabbit hole and pull you out with playful and plucky folk tunes. 

In her most recent album, one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden, she gives us calming and tranquil melodies in “oranges,” “my love 4 u is real,” and “writer in NY” and finger picking folk in “saltspring” and “backyard.” At certain points in this album I get Courtney Barnett vibes with a melodic and soothing lyrical tone, and at others I am getting Perfume Genius vibes with dramatic, upbeat feels. This album is about good and bad memories and spending time with the people you love. It makes you think about where you have been, where you are going, and who will be with you along the way.

one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden

I honestly feel like I can’t do her music justice by putting it into words so I’ll just keep it simple and say that it is really cool, interesting, and a wonderful experience to listen to. She is unlike any other artist I’ve heard in this genre and I really like it.

Make yourself a nice cup of coffee or tea, kick back, and give this a listen. Let her take you on an introspective journey. We all need to relax, reflect and appreciate the good things every once in a while. Ada Lea is the perfect soundtrack for that.

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Best Lyric:

“A good friend is a good friend, no doubt but sometimes a good friend ain’t enough to grab ya and pull you out”

From – “damn”

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