It has always been assumed that Marit Larsen rests on the pinnacle of pop music perfection. Her voice, instrumentation, and melodies: all are leaps and bounds above the rest of the trifling crowd. And then my sister tells me about Lenka. She’s not yet close to dethroning Marit, but this Lenka girl is uncomfortably good. I’ve been listening to her on repeat for the past three days.
While Marit’s music is a divine combination of folk, pop, and Disney, I can hear in Lenka’s the best parts (in my opinion) of many contemporary pop singers: Feist, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Regina Spektor, KT Tunstall. All in all, Lenka’s eponymous debut album is extremely addictive, and will probably share time with The Chase in my car CD player.
On a brighter note, here is a live version of “Ten Steps”: