Lisa LeBlanc writes in sharply observed blurbs and snippets of conversations that feel so honest they could have been overheard on the subway. When her words are paired with her trash-folk banjo and stomping guitar, the results feel as if she put a microphone to her heart and let it do whatever it wanted.
It makes for some cathartic breakup music and incredibly specific torch songs—“5748 km,” for instance, a track measuring exactly how far away she is from the person she loves. Whether the listener is in a long-distance relationship or not, the Acadian chanteuse lets them feel the distance.
But what happens if there isn’t any heartbreak to sing about? “Obviously I want a happy life, so I’ve definitely thought about that,” says LeBlanc. But it’s not like she’ll force it. “I’m very chill in a relationship. When shit does go down, I get calm and weirdly rational.” Proof: her song “Could You Wait ’Til I’ve Had My Coffee?” in which she requests a bit of caffeine before being broken up with. Pretty logical.
Her favourite love song: “By the Way,” Lee Hazlewood