Lael Summer — the sultry NYC songstress — has been wowing audiences en masse since her first showcase at the age of ten. Looking to build upon the release of her debut EP last August, Summer is poised to bring her soulful style to an even wider audience with ‘Burden To Bear.’
‘I Need A Man’ opens with a sultry groove that echoes another era — with Funk-fueled riffs, walking bass lines, solid percussion, and a harmonious horn section — it’s a refreshing dose of Neo-Soul that pays homage to its roots while carving its own niche in the current musical landscape, with Summers’ vocals undoubtedly leaving their mark.
‘In Time’ is a passionate ballad filled with heartfelt lyrics and raw emotion, its melancholy mood contrasts with the slow, soothing instrumentation, creating a multi-layered listening experience that evokes both regret and relaxation in equal measure. Brought home by Summers’ vocals — as heart-wrenching as they are hypnotic — ‘In Time’ is a standout track.
Summer and her brand of ‘Soul Pop’ provide a refreshing change of pace — a clear departure from the usual fare that crowds mainstream airwaves. There is nothing run-of-the-mill about it, chalk full of surprises along the way — including a rendition of ‘Do What You Want, Be What You Are’ by Hall and Oates. For some listeners, this deviation from the norm may indeed be a burden to bear, but, if one listens with an open mind, such a burden is not a burden at all.
Stream the album here: http://laelsummer.bandcamp.com/album/burden-to-bear