Country girl turned city girl Listen Lisse has released 3 albums of darkly crooning intensity in songs that share their heritage both with folk and punk.
Born in New Zealand now living in London she released her debut album "It's Not You" (2007) followed by Pow Bang (2009) and most recently Sunset Over Cairo (2012). Prolific in her songwriting she is closely compared to the likes of Patti Smith, PJ Harvey, Shannon Wright and Jefferson Airplane. Her unconventional and inventive/experimental approach to songwriting makes her albums a pleasure to listen to in that they are surprising and daring.
Recent reviews of Pow Bang:
"Pow Bang" is the album of an artist totally at one with her writing. It's an album that asserts it's self. It's not aggressive, there's no need to adopt a faux accent to try and make the songs sound somehow more sophisticated, the songs speak for themselves. There's a real drive to both the narrative and the music, that powers the album forward. It hints at post punk in attitude, it has a swagger that's not arrogance, more entitlement. - Fatea Magazine
LISTEN LISSE - Pow Bang: Listen Lisse is a singer / songwriter from New Zealand and has been playing live since 2004. The most recent release is sitting in my hands right now! Recorded and released in 2009 this eleven track album is a piece of art that you have to hear. OK so not everyone is into acoustic stuff but this is far from the run of the mill acoustic material you've probably heard. There's plenty of punk attitude in Listen Lisse's music and that can be heard throughout this album. What's more Listen Lisse has a voice that really suits the style of music she plays and I reckon why this release is so damned cool. Favourite tracks for me include 'Raise Me', 'Burning Dust', 'On The Road', 'Vengeance' and 'Street Lights' though no doubt you'll find your own. This comes well packaged and production is spot on too! If you're after something different to what you usually hear then Listen Lisse has got to be up there amongst the gems that are worth seeking out. - Street Voice Magazine
"Darkly Crooning multi-instrumentalist Listen Lisse brings pared-back, rough-around-the-edges, disaffected-to-the-point-of-dangerous, indie chick chic and techy time signatures to album number two Pow Bang" - Rock n Reel Magazine