Jewlicious Festival is proud to welcome native Los Angeleno Leerone to our Acoustic Stage!
Leerone is the musical equivalent of an ice cream sundae with a vodka chaser. On her Facebook page she describes her music as “Indie-folk-rock-experimental-theatrical-feisty-music-that-comes-from-a-real-place”.
Over the course of her inspired career, Leerone has triumphantly upended pop conventions while hewing to the great singer-songwriter traditions of her Los Angeles forebears (think Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman, to name a distinguished few). Now, on the heels of her two EPs, Leerone delivers her most vivid, most wide-ranging recording to date, Imaginary Biographies, wherein the LA singer-songwriter employs her formidable composing, performing and arranging skills to further advance a fiercely independent artistic vision.
About the video:
Los Angeles singer/songwriter Leerone once again elevates her artistry to rarefied new heights with her shudder-inducing new music video, Empty Houses. Conceived by Leerone and produced by LA videographer/animator Hank Friedmannâ€”the same boy genius who oversaw Leeroneâ€™s 2008 video â€œCare For Some Whiskey?â€â€”Empty Houses masterfully employs fantasy and gothic sensibilities in support of Leerone and Hankâ€™s uncompromising creative ambitions.
The new video imagines Leerone as the sole attendee at an old womanâ€™s funeral. Courtesy of Friedmann and his animated sorcery, viewers are transported away from the graveyard through the spirit-haunted halls of the deceased womanâ€™s mansion, where Leerone glimpses scenes from the womanâ€™s tragic life. These playback images prompt Leerone to reflect on her own life. Eerie, picturesque, and gorgeously realized, Empty Houses makes a poignant visual statement about fate, life, choices and possibilities.
Empty Houses is Leeroneâ€™s third foray into music video and short film. Her 2008 debut video â€œCare For Some Whiskey?â€ finds the singer sharing the spotlight with a cast of endearingly freakish Claymation friends. Leeroneâ€™s subsequent clip â€œTo Fill the Voidâ€ was directed by Claire CarrÃ© (Brett Dennen, Sia, Rainer Maria), depicting Leerone as a wistful dishwasher at a roadside diner. In all, the three videos serve as a audio-visual complement to Leeroneâ€™s 2008 CD, â€œImaginary Biographies.â€