London based singer-songwriter Lettie hails from Suffolk and has three albums under her belt, recorded with the American producer and writer, David Baron ‘Age of Solo’ and ‘Everyman‘ in 2008 and ‘Good Fortune, Bad Weather’ in the summer of 2012. The self-released albums gained much critical acclaim. Lettie met Dave Barbarossa 2 years ago and suggested writing a few tracks using his drums as the starting point. The end result, at least in part is the EP that had dominated a quieter WithGuitars office’s playlist, the EP ‘Crossroads’ release on White this August.The tracks od were recorded live with very few overdubs. The outcome is a 3 track EP with Dave Barbarossa full of abundant, avant-bubblegum pop which was also mixed by Grammy Award winner Cameron Craig. Lettie meanwhile is working on her fourth and last album to come out later this year with Mark Vernon.
‘Crossroads’ EP opens with the title track itself, Lettie’s vocal, over a more detailed percussive backing underpinning effective brush strokes of tone add the vocals the track ensnares; the lyric signals a grown-up song, or could it be more relief to hear real drums played well, not something that hasn’t been programmed by part-time session guitarist, or Lettie’s strong vocals; any and all of the above come into play ‘Crossroads’ is a keeper. ‘Lake’ has not quite the pull lyrically but as it were, ‘doesn’t let the side down any’. ‘Drowning’ is more direct with guitar refrains over a lush percussive beats cutesy of Dave made complete with Lettie’s part breathless delivery before breaking into charged mode to close, short, sweet and effective.
‘Crossroad’ EP represents another notable release for Lettie & Dave Barbarossa, things are definitely looking up. 8/10