Stockholm-based singer/songwriter LÉON (Lotta Lindgren) is classy and cool beyond her years on her second EP, For You.
LÉON’s sound continues on a path trod by other Scandinavian singers such as Lykke Li or MØ, but she injects some of Adele’s earthiness to her serious pop music. The serious side is due to her focussed character, as her sound has hints of the dreamy elements that are a staple of Scandinavian pop and rock music. It’s as if the music takes its tonality from the landscape. She’s more Sandy Denny than Amy Winehouse.
LÉON is on a paralleled path to Canadian singer Charlotte Day Wilson, that of the unadorned soul singer. There’s a recognition that occurs when you hear a singer or instrumentalist with deep character and LÉON is one of those singers. It’s a sense of conviction rather than prowess and the effect lingers. Admittedly some of the lyrics are less than stellar (Sleep Deprived), but they’re not on the pose, just not up to the level of the song.
Everything about LÉON’s persona and sound suggests integrity. Her voice is smoky and she has a classic sexiness. With these, she needs a vehicle and this is Think About You, the standout song of For You. She reads the song like a seasoned stage actor, wringing every nuance out of the lyric. It’s an eternal break up song but her performance gets over that and makes it deep enough to sound real.