Album Review: Lindi Ortega – Liberty

Canadian Country artist Lindi Ortega is set to release her fifth studio album ‘Liberty’ on May 25th through Shadowbox Music. Recorded at Battle Tapes studio in East Nashville, Ortega and producer Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle, Rayland Baxter) have scaled back the boot-stomping, throwback country approach that she’s known for, instead polishing a set of music that reflects her Mexican lineage.

The introductory instrumental has a dark country and western feel to it, drawing on the epic work of Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone who has clearly influenced her work here. The music could feature in a Quentin Tarantino film, of which Ortega is a huge fan.

Liberty is a three-part album reflecting loss, séance, resurrection and freedom. Taking you through the dark journey of ‘You Ain’t Foolin’ Me’ to the desperation of ‘Nothing’s Impossible’ and ‘The Comeback Kid.’ There is a slight change in direction as ‘Darkness Be Done,’ and about halfway through, with ‘Forever Blue’ starting to follow the light.

Ortega’s haunting voice and her unique Gothic style sets this album high above anything else she has done. Her songwriting is worthy of high praise and the lilting melody and clever lyrics on ‘Lovers in Love’ showcase Ortega’s skillful songwriting. ‘Liberty’ concludes with ‘Gracias a la Vida’ from the pen of Chilean composer Violeta Parra. The title translates as ‘Thank you to Life.’

Ortega has set out to tell a clear story with ‘Liberty’, and has achieved this with pure style. Crafting a great story about life, I’m sure everyone can take something away with them from this album.

‘Liberty’ is a journey worth taking, and with it’s rich sounds and skilfully written lyrics, Ortega has set the bar high.

Ortega will soon embark on an extensive world tour in support of ‘Liberty’, reaching the UK in early June:

Lindi Ortega, UK Tour Dates
June 2            Dublin, Grand Social
June 3            Belfast, Empire
June 5            Sheffield, Leadmill
June 6            Glasgow, Oran Mor
June 8            Newcastle, Cluny
June 9            Leeds, Brudenell
June 11          Manchester, Gorilla
June 12          Brighton, Komedia
June 13          Bristol, Fleece
June 14          London, Garage
Tickets on sale this coming Friday and available through Ortega’s website


Review by Adrian Holden

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