On Tuesday, July 11th @ 2:30PM, Sparkle Motion welcomes Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter, Leslie Mendelson, to the KALX studios for a live interview and acoustic performance ahead of her show at The Lost Church in SF on Wednesday, July 12th.
Leslie Mendelson is supporting her most recent studio album If You Can’t Say Anything Nice…, as well as a solo acoustic EP In The Meantime that was recorded during the 2020 lockdown.
Described by Relix Magazine as an artist with “a loyal, cross-generational audience that hugs the hippie, hipster, coffee shop and society crowds,” Leslie’s timeless musicality and evocative songwriting indeed cuts a wide swath. All Music writes that Leslie evokes “1970s songwriter influences in the vein of Carole King and Carly Simon,” while The Aquarian calls her “the closest thing one can get to a truly honest musical experience.”
Leslie Mendelson’s previous work, including 2009 Grammy-nominated debut album Swan Feathers and 2017 album, Love & Murder dealt with matters of the heart. When it came time to compose the songs that comprise If You Can’t Say Anything Nice…, however, she and her longtime writing partner Steve McEwan set out to examine the anxiety stemming from the current socio-political climate with songs like “Medication,” “I Need Something To Care About” and “Would You Give Up Your Gun.” It’s a fitting extension of a more socially conscious outlook offered on “A Human Touch”—Leslie’s duet with Jackson Browne for the documentary film, 5B, released in 2019.