Open-eared and open-hearted: these are the watchwords of Léa Sen’s music. At just 22 years old, the London-based singer, songwriter and producer has established herself as one of the capital’s most in-demand talents, meandering between gossamer vocal features for Joy Orbison to solo work that references everything from Bon Iver’s electronic timbre and folk guitars to Sampha’s impressionistic lyricism.
After moving to London from her hometown of Paris, Léa Sen soon caught the ears of Kwake Bass and singer-songwriter Wu-Lu. A session with DJ and producer Joy Orbison produced the stand-out track “Better” from his 2021 mixtape, Still Slipping, Vol. 1. The foundation of this creative community inspired new music, resulting in herself-recorded, self-produced and self-released debut single “Locked In” – it delivers an ineffable, earworming melody.
Sen’s debut EP You of Now Pt. 1 is her most comprehensive statement to date. The five-track collection presents the self-assured maturity of an artist twice her age, with all tracks written, produced and mixed by Sen – still a rarity in a male-dominated industry. With You of Now Pt. 1 being released by Partisan Records, it is hard not to feel like Sen is on the cusp of a colossal breakthrough. She is an artist stepping into the full force of her creativity, while letting us know that there is much more to come.
22-åringen Léa Sen har allerede den musikalske modenheten til artister som er dobbelt så gamle. Hun har raskt blitt en av Londons største snakkiser, og rører hjerter med alt fra hennes fløyelsmyke gjestevokal på Joy Orbisons kremfete “Better” fra 2021, til soloarbeid som sender tankene i retning Bon Iver vel så mye som Sampha.
Helt siden starten har Léa Sen både skrevet og produsert sine egne låter, og debut-EPen You of Now Pt. 1 er det mest omfattende uttrykket for hennes musikalske bredde og teft til nå. EPen utgis på Partisan Records (Laura Marling, Ezra Collective, Bombino), som har stått bak flere av de siste årenes braksuksesser.