Gothenburg-based band Lea & The Loved Ones have released their new single “Sister” on February 19, along with their new EP Letters.
The track was written by lead singer Lea-Marie Sittler while she was in an artist residency in France. She carefully chose her words in order for them to rhyme with “fly” and the result became a letter to her sister that portrays what growing up is like and letting each other follow their own paths.
Lea & The Loved Ones is driven by Lea’s songwriting, which is supported by direct but simple guitar arrangements. She is genuine and frank in her lyrics, sometimes rough but also fragile at times. It is hard to not be touched by the music.
The quartet also includes Johan Bengtsson on double bass, Christian Berg at the piano and Maja Gravermoen Toresen who plays violin and Hardanger fiddle.
Lea started out in cafes, pubs, small stages and streets as a troubadour in Europe, playing her own songs and that of others. She draws her inspiration from Karen Dalton, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Martha Wainwright and Joni Mitchell that she discovered with her mother’s record collection.
Lea released her debut album Diamonds in January 2018 and became Lea & the Loved Ones a year later. Their new EP Letters is based on six tracks inspired by letters she received from friends and some she wrote that aims to take the listener on a philosophical journey.
Listen to “Sister” below: