Fashion (Canada) - - CULTURE MUSIC - —Greg Hud­son

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

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