When you’ve been working for as long and with as much determination as Lael Summer has, your output is bound to be prime. After a lifetime of loving music and some impressive music school credentials (USC’s Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California’s Popular Music program) The New York City native is about to release her third record and second EP, Life in Color, which is rooted in themes of optimism and layered with jazzy soul.
The six song EP, which will be released on June 23rd, plays with electronic sounds, (“Nothing Better”), raw horns (“Unavailable”), and strings (“Count My Blessings”) with equal skill and grace. Despite the mix, the album is unified by vocal explorations from someone who knows her strengths. Her powerhouse voice works in both feel-good anthems (“Life in Color”) and the clearly musical theatre inspired show-stopper that is “Count My Blessings”. The EP closes with the very different, but very fun “Dream Machine”. A dance track produced by Ardea Arts — as opposed to the rest of the EP which was produced by Tomás Doncker and James Dellatacoma for True Groove Records. This final song stands out on the EP and breaks some of the developed unity, though the placement gives Life in Color a pop of an ending.
The first single from Life in Color, the groovy and smooth “Unavailable”, was released on May 12th and you can listen to it above. To find more from Lael Summer, visit her Facebook, SoundCloud, and Website. And don’t forget, Life in Color will be released on June 23rd.