Lea Thomas Releases Part of This Place EP via Spirit House Records, Watch “Upstream” Video Now!
SHARES “UPSTREAM” VIDEO
PART OF THIS PLACE OUT TODAY ON
SPIRIT HOUSE RECORDS
Recorded in a quiet house in the woods of Vermont, Lea Thomas’ sophomore EP Part Of This Place is arranged with intentional simplicity, mirroring the natural softness of the landscapes that inspired the songs. Choosing to perform most of the instrumentation herself, the New York-based singer/songwriter’s intricate fingerpicking patterns and slide guitar weave between her perceptive lyrics while occasional drifts of drums and bass add strength to delicate storylines of love, loss and belonging.
Lea’s self-directed video for the first single, “Upstream,” illustrates a meditative woodland journey down a river that unfolds into an immersive and sensous communion: “When I feel the soil breaking free / Sliding down the banks between the colors of spring / I feel the warmth of a woman pouring out of me.”
The video was filmed predominantly aboard a kayak on the pristine rivers and lakes of Vermont that first inspired the song. An analog filter highlights the diverse flora and fauna of the wetland ecosystems in a dreamlike perspective, reflecting the wild nature of the song’s lyrics.
Lea shares, “This song was written about a particular place that is special to me but it could be about a lot of different places- wild places. It’s about that ecstatic sense of belonging when you witness something so honest and beautiful like a sunset on a lake and melt into the realization that you lucky to be even a small part of it.”
LEA THOMAS ON TOUR
9/26: Alphaville – Brooklyn, NY
10/6: Park Church Co-Op – Brooklyn, NY (Album Release Show)
10/19: Kamogamo River House – Kyoto
10/20: Cafe Polka Dot – Nara
10/21: Akihiko Izukura Studio – Kyoto
10/25: Anrakuji Temple – Kyoto
10/26: Bar Scivias – Nagoya
10/27: Little Eagle Festival at Cafe Ocean – Nishio
11/3: Ftarri – Tokyo
11/4: Oto Oto – Tokyo
11/6: Agréable Musée – Tokyo
Lea Thomas – Part Of This Place
Spirit House – October 5
2. March Winds
3. Some Days Are Longer
4. Part Of This Place
MORE ABOUT LEA:
A native to Maui, Hawaii and a long-time resident of New York City, Lea speaks of the universal challenge of seeking inner calm amidst a busy modern culture through a deeply personal lens. Discovering a sense of belonging through deepening her understanding of her surrounding natural environment, Lea studies traditional herbalism with a focus on bioregional plants, and uses both traditional and foraged botanical pigments to dye the fibers in her patiently hand-woven artworks. Her observations of the relationships between people and place permeate all of her artistic expressions including, not least of all, her lyrics and songs.