We may be pushing up against a long holiday weekend now, but August was as full of sessions here at the Paste Studio in New York City. Among our favorites, however, are long-standing rockers NEEDTOBREATHE and jazz-pop group Lake Street Dive, as well as songstresses like LP and Lisa Hannigan. Check out these sessions below as some of the best Paste Studio Sessions from August 2016.
1. LP, “Muddy Waters”
Laura Pergolizzi, better known by her initials LP, is an exceptional indie rock singer-songwriter from Long Island. Even if you haven’t heard her sing (where have you been?), you most likely have heard one of her songs. She has written tracks for pop doyennes Rihanna, Christina Aguilera and Cher Lloyd.
Her recent EP, entitled Death Valley, is an exceptional journey into the realm of lyrically dense alt-pop, spotlighted by LP’s fervently electric vocals. In addition to Death Valley, LP released her full-length major label debut, Forever for Now in 2014 to praise from various critics. By spinning mainstream pop on its head, LP has blended the beautifully composed lyrics of the various musicians she has written for, and her own soulful voice into something extraordinary.
2. Lake Street Dive, “Call Off Your Dogs”
Whether they’re performing a Michael Jackson cover on a Boston sidewalk or jamming out to an original track at the Paste Studio, Lake Street Dive has one hell of a presence as a unit. The best part of the multi-genre quartet is everything works together seamlessly. Bridget Kearney, who wildly plucks at the upright bass, earned recognition in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition in 2005, subsequently gathering the wherewithal for the band’s debut release. The two Mikes bounce along at their respective instrumental stations as lead-vocalist/diva Rachael Price pulls it all together as the unifying agent of the group. All this energy is showcased on their lively tunes of their newest LP, Side Pony.
3. Lisa Hannigan, “Prayer for the Dying”
Folk singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan recently stopped by the Paste Studio to play a few songs off of her third album, At Swim, out now. The Irish artist began as a member of Damien Rice’s band before launching her solo career in 2007.
Hannigan, who co-produced At Swim with The National’s Aaron Dessner, dropped the album last month to rave reviews. Watch Hannigan’s Paste session right here, and be sure to catch her on tour in the coming months.
4. NEEDTOBREATHE, “Nothing in the World Can Stop Me Worrying ‘Bout That Girl”
After over a decade in the business, American rock band NEEDTOBREATHE are going strong after just releasing their latest album Hard Love, this July. New songs such as “Happiness” come off as unbridled joy and exuberance perfect for summer. But overall, the album sounds like the band has had ample time to come into itself with a distinct sound. Even a decade after their debut album, NEEDTOBREATHE sound as fresh as ever with their latest material.