Lady Lazarus is the solo music project of Melissa Ann Sweat, a singer-songwriter, artist, and creative writer originally from San Jose, who has lived and toured throughout the U.S. and is now residing in Santa Cruz County, CA.
Since her first release, Mantic in 2011, Lady Lazarus has received significant attention for her singular brand of spirited and enchanting, “dream folk-pop” composed for mainly voice and keyboard/piano. Among Lady Lazarus’ influences are Tom Waits, Guided By Voices, Joanna Newsom, Bill Callahan, and Vashti Bunyan to name a few.
Lady Lazarus released her latest album, Miracles, on March 3, 2015 receiving praise from The New York Times, Consequence of Sound, Magnet Magazine, Clash, Diffuser, and more. She is currently working on a book, her blog, creating new art and songs, and looking forward to playing shows in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
Paul Kmiec is a singer-songwriter who hails from Boston, currently residing in Los Angeles. His debut album, A Little Yellow, was released in October 2015 and is comprised of 11 tracks that capture the rising and falling action of a relationship, much like a film score. A graduate of the SUNY Purchase Film Conservatory, Paul Kmiec finds overlap between music and cinema, saying: “There’s synesthesia between the two languages that coalesces. Suddenly, the way you pluck this note or sustain that harmony creates the effect of a camera movement.”
Seeking to craft musical environments, his body of songs cannot be placed into an all-encompassing genre. Paul’s meditations oscillate between contemplative folk, ethereal dream pop and orchestral chamber pop, but the album maintains a connective thread of vulnerable self-awareness through the optimistic, the despondent and the nostalgic.