Sweden has brought us incredibly talented female songstresses such as Tove Styrke, Tove Lo, Lykke Li,- and now LÉON. LÉON, the stage name of Stockholm native Lotta Lindgren, after releasing three EPS throughout 2015 and 2017, dropped her self-titled debut album early last month.
Throughout late 2018 and early 2019, four singles (You and I, Baby Don't, Talk, and Falling) were released to promote the upcoming project that were incredibly strong. It is more than clear after hearing a LÉON track, that her songs are genuine and from the heart. Fans of Maggie Rogers, Dagny, and Anna of The North, will fall in love with her strength-filled vocals, heartfelt and soulful lyrics, and almost bedroom pop vibe.
Admirably, the twenty-six year old enjoys all aspects of the creation of her music. According to LÉON, “Over the past few years, I’ve learned how to go with my gut and steer the wheel myself,” she admits. “If it doesn’t feel right to me, I don’t pursue it. In the end, I stand behind the music I make, and I’m in control.” Collaborating with Los Angeles-based production duo Electric to produce the bulk of the album, LÉON is taking the reins creatively. “I knew exactly what I wanted,”she explains. “I hear certain instruments in my head and bring in those influences. This time, I really honed in on a sound—it’s something I’ve had in my head forever, but didn’t bring to life until now.”
Almost four years since dropping her debut project, LÉON's first album was certainly worth the wait for her fans. The tracks are compelling, raw, and yet still have a lively and fun aspect. Bops across the board.
Later this month, LÉON kicks off a North American tour, presented by Ones To Watch. Be sure to check out the tour dates below and listen to the debut album here.
4/19 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
4/20 - Philadelphia, PA - Foundry
4/23 - Boston, MA - Paradise
4/24 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza – SOLD OUT
4/26 - Montreal, QC - Petit Campus
4/27 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club – SOLD OUT
4/29 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
4/30 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line
5/3 - Denver, CO - Summit
5/4 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
5/6 - Portland, OR - Wonder
5/7 - Vancouver, BC - Imperial
5/8 - Seattle, WA - Neptune
5/10 - San Francisco, CA - August Hall – SOLD OUT
5/11 - Anaheim, CA - Parish @ HOB – SOLD OUT
5/12 - Los Angeles, CA - Belasco
5/14 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent
5/16 - Austin, TX - Antone’s – SOLD OUT
5/17 - Dallas, TX - Cambridge Room @ HOB
5/18 - Houston, TX - Bronze Peacock @ HOB
5/20 - Atlanta, GA – The Buckhead Theatre - *UPGRADED VENUE*
5/21 - Nashville, TN - Basement East