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Interview: Lenka embraces culture shock and her new chapter in life (playing World Cafe Live tonight)

7-Lenka“I do sometimes get a little culture shock,” Aussie sugar-pop artist Lenka Kripac explains about her current tour for her newest album. “For example, recently in China, it took me a day or two to adjust to the slightly pushy, urgent nature…there. But once you get used to it, you see the beauty and specialness of all peoples and I love learning about each culture’s idiosyncrasies.”

Starting off as an actress and fronting the band Decoder Ring in her teenaged years, Lenka realized in her early 20s that music gave her a little something more than just the thrill of performing on a stage. “I was acting in a play in Sydney where I had to sing a song and I realized I was enjoying the singing more than the acting!” With that, she jumped into her solo music career, and moved from Sydney, to Los Angeles, to Brooklyn, making a name from her twinkling-upbeat, electroacoustic sound and breathy vocals.

Having a creative eye, as well as a creative ear, Lenka has made much use of her natural artfulness and education. “I have a bachelor of fine arts majoring in sculpture actually,” she writes in an email. “I like to make my own videos and am very involved with all visual aspects of my project (along with my husband/art director, James Gulliver Hancock).”

She goes on to explain that Hancock came up with the imaginative concerpt for the recent “Nothing Here But Love” video – where the performer sang while clothed, literally, in the turf and trees and houses of a small village – but Lenka normally has a lot of visual experiments she wants to try, and finds her music videos to be the perfect platform. Using many different influences in her work, she seems to always create a zesty, captivating performance that leaves her “sugarbombs” wanting more. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lenka at World Cafe Live, Dick Dale at North Star Bar

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Hailing all the way from Australia, Lenka has appeared in several Australian TV shows and has a few hit singles to her name, “The Show” being featured in a number of American commercials.  Last month, Lenka released her third album, Shadows.  Tonight, you can catch the pop artist at World Cafe Live.  Click here for more information and check out the video for her song, “Everything At Once” below.

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Lenka wears a village in her “Nothing Here But Love” video (playing World Cafe Live on 7/22)

LenkaFilmed in her hometown of Sydney, Australia, the new music video from cinematic pop artist Lenka is enchanting and a little bit surreal.  Featuring the artist clothed in an obscure dollhouse-sized village (yes, you read correctly), the “Nothing Here But Love” video follows her lyrics and delicate motions while adding characters and objects to her outfit.  Currently on a U.S. tour in support of her third LP, Shadows, Lenka plays World Cafe Live on July 22nd. Check out the artfully composed video below. Find tickets and more information about the show here.

Nothing Here But Love from LenkaMusic on Vimeo.