Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Lea Thomas is releasing a new single “Heat Keeps Rising” from her forthcoming album Mirrors To The Sun due out July 23, 2021, via Johanna Warren’s Spirit House Records, and we’re pleased to premiere it here today. Inspired by reading about the ongoing climate crisis, the new song/video reflects on how strange and significant it feels to be alive in such electrifying times. She sings, “I’ll take a walk, taking nothing with me but the weight of my thoughts into the churning of the city”, the rawness in her voice is carried by a propulsive rhythm section and waves of overdriven guitar while guiding, surreal visuals follow her hypnotic vocals.
“This song is a practice in continuing to ask the heavy questions even when it seems like there may be no immediate resolve. We recorded it live and left a lot of room for improvisatory exploration so we could see where those questions would take us — surely, towards a new perspective. The video is a surrealist take on how this song came to be: living through the experience, shifting into a dream-like place where sound, lyric, and performance coalesce, then waking up in a new reality to write it all down.”
Short Bio: Born in Hawaii and based in Brooklyn, Lea Thomas started her musical journey early, first with piano and then moving to guitar at 13 years old. A self-taught engineer, she left home at 17 to attend engineering school in New York City. In addition to her work as a musician, songwriter, and producer, Thomas is a visual artist with a focus on hand weaving and natural dyes. Her frequent use of indigo pigment is symbolic of her Japanese heritage, honoring a lineage of kimono makers and textile artisans in her immediate ancestry. She is also a long-time student of traditional herbal medicine and produces a seasonal line of wild, hand-harvested herbal products under the name All In All Apothecary.