Exclusive first look: Lissie

Watch the Sleepwalking video


Like soaring vocals and expertly crafted songs? Time to get acquainted with Lissie. The American folk rock musician releases her second album Back to Forever on 14 October. Watch the music video for new track Sleepwalking below (before its release on the 13th) and discover more about Lissie and her work.
What is the biggest difference between your first album and this one?
I think this album is a bit tougher. My band played on this album so I think they’ve made it feel a bit more rock. I am showing a more opinionated side of myself in the second album.
Who are your musical influences?
When I was young, I loved musicals and the idea of singing your life. I would sing everything – ‘my sister is really annoying’ – and make up songs all the time. When I was in high school I liked Sarah McLachlan – she was a woman who could play guitar, wrote her own songs and wasn’t overtly sexual. That was inspiring.
Who would love to collaborate with with?
Bruce Springstein. Tom Petty. Jerry Garcia.
Most listened to track on your iPod?

Lana Del Rey, Summertime Sadness. I find her music very hard to put into words. Her songs are very emotionally provocative and she sings about feelings that I remember feeling in high school. The summer time always felt so full of possibility but it never really lived up to my expectations.
A film that had an impact on you…
Labyrinth with David Bowie. It was my favourite movie when I was a kid. I feel like it’s got a lot of deep meaning even though David Bowie is wearing these really tight pants and there’s loads of goblins and puppets.
What do you miss when you are touring?
My dog, Byron. He’s seven years old and really furry. He’s basically been my companion since my LA days. When I leave, I think it’s hard from him too. He gets separation anxiety. I’ll stand there and be like, ‘Mamma has to go out and hustle so she can buy you dog food,’ and he looks at me like I am crazy for talking to him.
What do you like about being in UK?
The Sunday roasts and the cute boys.

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